Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bees knees!


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This is a picture of a bee that I recently posted to Illustration Friday.
And below is the piece of textile work that it inspired.


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Layered polyester sheers on synthetic felt. The main design lines were machine stitched in Madeira metallic machine embroidery thread with a cotton core, the cotton core is important because it doesn't melt. The cut-out shapes were done with a soldering iron with a very fine point, cutting through some, or all of the layers. The markings on the body were made by cutting through some of the layers with the tip of the soldering iron, leaving the fabric below showing through.

3 comments:

Alice A. said...

What a beautiful bee! It sounds like it took some painstaking work. I also really like your stuff on the UFO page.

Conni said...

He's wonderful - thanks for the large, detailed view.

Valeri said...

This is delightful. I love the way you have cut through the fabric.