Wednesday, March 2, 2016

More Frizzled Edges

Now, it's possible to make very subtle and deliberate colour effects with chenille technique.. For my third sample, I found a lot of odd thin strips in the Blue Box (what, you don't have a Blue Box? How unlucky)



















I started with a couple of dark blue layers, then laid strips of assorted blues across these.. the fabrics can overlap a little and should not be sewn together. I made lots of layers with a sort of sea-and-sky thing in my mind
































After a while I laid in a piece of bright yellow





















Then a few more strips of blues




















Finally, another dark layer all over and a bright yellow circle.. Not sure, could be sun or moon


Sewn - note this time I have made wibbles, but still basically on the diagonals

And here it is washed... The moon, (definitely a moon now) reflects sweetly in the sea. The further up in the mix you put that contrast stripe, the clearer it will be in the end product

I quite often make biggish pieces and cut them up - these brooches are about 2-1/2 inches on their longest dimensions, and were made from 1/8 metre sandwiches..
After cutting and washing the chenille, I lay it onto a stiffener (Vilene/Pellon) and a backing fabric, and stitch around with a straight stitch. Trim to size just outside the stitch, then zigzag the edges..
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And here's an odd piece sewn raggedly onto a book cover.. the central layers of this one were quite small scraps - you can see the colour-changes coming through
As long as you have one complete layer at the bottom, almost anything else will cohere nicely..
More tomorrow...

3 comments:

  1. Oh, my gosh......I love that word "cohere"! It describes the action perfctly. Thanks for the last few posts! Fun that I need to get involved in myself!

    glen

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  2. I am loving this more and more. I love the tactile feel of cloth and this is soft on steroids. I think I really like the idea of a book cover - soft in my hands and on my lap plus it won't slip.

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  3. Wow! I am liking these variations. Fantastic stuff!

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