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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Extreme Texture--More Techniques from Readers

If I had been familiar with Sandy Snowden before now, I may well have asked her to be a Guest Artist for extreme texture.  She has been nice enough to send us some links to her blog posts on an additional couple of texture techniques she uses.    Here is part of her email to me with the links she has provided.  Like Sandy said, "Sometimes some people don’t connect with something unless it is shown in different ways."  Enjoy taking a look at what others are doing with texture!

I think I have used similar techniques, but in different ways. I tried to get texture inspired by Chestnut tree bark. http://sandysnowden.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/chestnut-tree.html
and also used broomsticking and poking into cooling racks to manipulate texture into fabric.  This link is to some of what I have done myself and some with students. http://sandysnowden.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/broomsitck

The link to the Threads magazine article is good, too.
I have done some interesting work with velvet or on shiny fabrics. I use loom state calico to get the look. I know there is a new product that people have been using for similar looks, but you can use wool or loom state calico just as easily.
C June Barnes is also someone to look at. She is doing exciting things with texture – trapping things in the sandwich that resist the shrinking and then using wool batting or pre-felt. Then when you wash it, there is interesting distortion due to some areas shrinking and some not.
http://www.cjunebarnes.co.uk/Textiles/Gallery_16_-_2007.html some of the art quilts with the technique  



  1. Cool! I didn't realise you were going to give me a whole post! It is fun to stitch into texture. I have used it in garments as well.
    Sandy in the UK

  2. Thanks for all the links! Such wonderful ideas....gets the brain in full gear to be sure!


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