Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
For my latest fiber art piece, I challenged myself to use some new materials and layering to create some interesting visual texture. After going through my stash of fabrics and ribbons, (which you saw in my previous post) I realized that I didn't have everything I was looking for. Some things I was going to have to create.
I pulled out my roll of white kraft-tex and my super speedy circle cutter from Alto's and in a matter of a couple of minutes, I had 3 circles ready to use. Since the kraft-tex is fairly stiff by itself, I didn't need to use any stabilizer!
I knew I wanted to experiment with some spray dyeing on the kraft-tex, so I mixed up some honey gold dye in a spray bottle. Next, I grabbed an old towel, a blank piece of PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric, my three kraft-tex circles and a plastic stencil of gears.
I put the old towel down on the counter with the PDF fabric on top. Then I layered the circles and the stencil on top. I decided that the over-spray from the circles would create some neat texture on the fabric and I was right!
After I was satisfied with the circles, I put them aside to dry and used the stencil on the fabric. I layered and sprayed, and layered and sprayed. I really like the effect! Not only did I add some interest to the plain white circles, I surface designed a great piece of background fabric at the same time!; nothing is wasted!
I bet you're wondering what happened to the circles! :) Well, they did get used as a layer in my latest fiber art piece. You'll have to come back and see it all put together next time! ;)
A while back, I set a goal to finish up some projects that have been sitting for too long!
Do you have any of those? ;-)
I am enjoying the feeling of accomplishment I get every time I finish a lingering project and I find that it frees up my creativity to move on to new ideas. There are still some projects left in my UFO bin that I hope to have done in time for Christmas (maybe even to use as a gift for someone on my list).
In the mean time, I have a couple that I want to show you. Do you remember the projects I started with the Alto's Circle Cutter and Oval Templates back in August? If not, you can get caught up here.
I used Sulky 30wt Cotton with Sulky PolyLite in the bobbin to applique/quilt the petals, centers and chain links. When I say applique/quilt I mean that I fused everything in place and then layered the top with the batting and backing so that when I secured everything with stitching, it quilted it too! I finished the quilting with Sulky PolyLite thread in the top and bobbin.
I used Sulky 30wt Cotton thread with Sulky PolyLite in the bobbin to applique/quilt the rings and Sulky Premier Invisible Monofilament thread with the PolyLite again in the bobbin to finish quilting it.
Both of these pieces were fun, and honestly I'm not sure why it took me as long as it did to get them finished. I guess that's just how it is though...life just gets busy! ;-)
So what project are you going to pull out of a drawer or box and finish? Hopefully you have been inspired to finish up a lingering project or two of your own!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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