Sample 4 a felt base layer was stitched to one of my dyed cotton fabrics with random machine stitching. The top layers of velvet and organza were stitched together with a light nylon thread and then random stitched with a perle in bobbin. The two separate layers were burnt with a soldering iron and then cut and attached to each other. The difference in the effect of heat meant the base layer welded together rather than melted. The two sections were then sewn together. I wanted to cut and move the pieces round again so that can be seen in sample 4c...think it could be cut again and rejoined - perhaps left section put on top edge of right section - this could become an obsession!
|Ref 6.6.6 'front'|
|Ref 6.6.6 'back'|
An experiment with and embellisher at the end of the last module shows a range of fabrics and paper felted onto a black felt background, this is very much work in progress. While this piece was my first foray into the technique have a long way to go in experimenting with embellishing chiffon and other sheerer fabrics. I have shown this piece as I was intrigued by several things from this initial experiment that could inform my experiments with embellishing for this particular Module.
- the 'back' of the fabric intrigued me - a felt background using this technique could give a stable context to the resolved sample. Pieces of all the fabric used in the 'front' layers of the hanging could be combined in this background.
- while not easily visible in the photo the 'gloss' finish of the plain cotton, the piece to the right on the front photo, got knocked back by the embellisher so leaving spaces of unworked fabric gave contrast of light.
- the different rate of fabric distortion and stability .
- the use of abaca paper on the front and back of the fabric gave a more interesting result on the back.
- The use of black fusex on the velvet prompted me to consider using white fusex in later part of this particular module.