Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flying in the face of assissi work!

I'm taking part in Sharon B's Stitch Explorer Challenge. Find out all about it here.

This month it's Assissi Work. Traditionally, Assissi Work is done in one colour on evenweave fabric around a voided motif on white fabric.

I wondered if I could get the same effect using the embellisher machine. I started off OK, but then, as usual, the piece took on a life of its own and I just followed. Here's what it turned into:

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I began by needlefelting wool tops (roving) onto a dishcloth made of bamboo fibre. I was hoping that the holes left by the needles would give the appearance of cross stitches, to match the weave of the fabric. The plan was to make a shape appear in the middle then outline it, either with yarn needlefelted on or by hand in back stitch. I got a shape to appear out of the background, but then I decided to add some more wool in a lighter colour, to try and get the effect of the light catching the stitches. Two things happened: another, more appealing shape started to appear, and the bamboo fabric started to disintegrate. I put some white silk sliver over the top and this kind of flying bear appeared. I went with it, added some running stitch then cut it out. It resides on my noticeboard until I decide what to do with it!

It is a legitimate explorer piece? Well, I did start out with assissi work...........................

1 comment:

Cathy Gatland said...

This is so interesting how the piece does its thing, and you respond to it - I could so get into fibre art when I see this! But I have too much on my creativity plate as it is...