Sunday, July 30, 2006


A while ago, I signed up to a Flickr Group, Embroidery and Science. Check it out, people have put some good stuff on there.

I've had some design work on fossils up on the wall for some time and joining the group has prompted me to do something with it. Here are a couple of pages from my sketch book. This is where the inspiration for the design work started.

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This is the design work on my wall.

Fossils and fabric

I've made two experimental samples based on a piece of the design work.

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The samples are based on the small piece centre left. It is wet tissue applied to a piece of plain white paper with dilute PVA glue and 'Brusho' water colour powder. The circles were made by rubbing over different sized holes cut in a piece of card with a yellow crayon and the red dots were made with a coloured pencil. If you were doing a City and Guilds course, this would be extravagently known as 'decorated paper'!

This sample is chiffon applied to green wool flannel with metallic machine embroidery thread and cut back. The yellow circles aer couched soft cotton, the purple centres are couched lurex thread and the red dots are sparkly glass beads.

This sample is free machine embroidery in metallic thread on green wool flannel, with couched gold purl, some hand seeding, a brass washer and glass beads.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

and square up again......................

The same technique as the previous post, but a little more preparation. This was made by weaving strips of space dyed linen, faux suede and printed polyester fabric cut with a wavy cutter and ironing them onto lightweight vilene (pellon). This was covered with a sheet of heat and bond vinyl and then cut square. It was sewn into a simple envelope shaped bag and fastened with two press studs.

Here's a closeup to show the woven fabric strips.

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