Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Experiment with Extreme Texture


 I finally got some time this week to play with Judith’s techniques for Extreme Texture.  I confess I didn’t have any idea of what I would do other than try the different methods she described.
First off, I auditioned several pieces of fabric I had in my stash.  I finally settled on this one:

















This was a good size, and it had some interesting patterns… kind of reminds me of being under water.
Next, I did some of the puffs:
 













After creating several of them, I could see where scrunching was going to make the piece even more interesting:















I scrunched, then pressed the piece.  Then I cut the batting and pinned the fabric to hold the scrunches in place.  Next was the stitching:



















I used white thread, which doesn’t show up as well as I would like, but I have some ideas about what to do later to enhance the stitching.  From the very first puff I stitched around, I envisioned dancing jellyfish or sea anemones, so the working title is “Dance of the Jellyfish”!  I’ll see if my finished piece looks like what I have in mind.
Once I finished stitching around the puffs, I set to thinking about how I wanted to use cord.  My vision is to have seaweed floating somewhere in the composition.  I dug through my stash and found some cheesecloth and cotton cord, and tried dyeing them.  However, I think I got a little impatient and rinsed them too soon.  The cord came out very pale, and the cheesecloth came out more blue than green.  So I switched gears:  dark green netting and undyed cord that I zigzagged in place:
 
 Here’s the cord – I zigzagged twice – once to anchor the cord, the next time to cover more thoroughly with a closer stitch.  
 


















Next, I ripped some pieces of the netting, pressed them into clumps, and hand stitched to anchor them onto the piece around the ‘stem’ created by the cord:

I have lots more I need to do to this piece before I’ll call it ‘done’, but I wanted to share what I have completed so far.  More to come!

5 comments:

  1. I love the fabric and everything you have done so far. I have to tell you the tufts of scrim remind me of he way sphagnum moss grows here in Maine. I really like the tufts. Can't wait to see what you do next...

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  2. It is so interesting to see what fabrics everyone chooses. I really like the variety of colors in yours. I'm anxious to see how you continue with this piece.

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  3. Love the colors and the netting. I'm beginning to think stopping might be the hardest part!

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