Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Well, I couldn't leave it like that ..............

I had to do something with it:


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I'd stitched right to the edges of the piece, so I wondered if I could add an extra strip by applying it to a piece of felt with the needlepunch machine. That worked OK, although I broke my first needle in the process. Then I wondered if I could recreate the stitched and stuffed effect with needlepunching, so I added a bit more on one end using felt, wool tops (roving) and some scraps of silk and tried to harmonise it. That worked quite well too. (bottom picture)


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To help the new bit to blend in better, I needle punched some of the unstuffed areas of the original piece and added more running stitches. (middle picture)

Then I decided to make it into something - that turned out to be a textile vessel. There is no back seam, because I needle punched the pieces together before I had finished decorating it. I needle punched wool tops (roving) onto a piece of muslin (scrim), cut it to shape and stitched it in as a lining.

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I was about to stitch in a covered cardboard circle for the base, when I read this week's TAST stitch. Now I am tempted to turn it inside out first and add embellishment to the lining with this week's stitch.

12 comments:

arlee said...

What a lovely idea to shape---no seam was an inspiration---perfect!

teodo said...

This is a beautiful idea.
ciao ciao

Susan D said...

What a great idea and I love the colours you used.

Dy said...

Wow, you've turned a piece of work that was already gorgeous into something that is absolutely sensational! I love its freeform shape

Karen said...

This really looks good! I will have to remember this next time I have an unfinished project. I need to think outside the 'box' more often!

Sue B said...

fantastic! Great use of the piece. Nicely done!

Nancilyn said...

Amazing! And you were worried you couldn't do anything with your starter sampler.

Purple Missus said...

Brilliant! I like the view in photo number two best. (So make that book Boxes AND Vessels.)

Micki said...

This is so cool. Love it.

Dianne said...

This is just fantastic!! Love the shape, and the colours are divine!!

Pat said...

I love the things you do and because of this I have tagged you, as I am sure it has happened to you befor you do not need to respond it is just a way of saying thank you.

Barbara B. said...

It's so verry nice and just fantastic!