Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Melting With Cardboard Resist

Today I experimented with using cardboard shapes as a protection from the heat gun.

First I layered up felt and organza and drew around the shapes with the soldering iron to lightly fuse them to the fabric. These shapes are from Scrapmatts.

Next I blasted the fabric with my heat gun.

After pulling off the shapes it looks like this:

Next I pulled off the top layer of organza around the shapes to make them stand out more.

More layers were pulled off and details added with the soldering iron.

Here's another piece using the same techniques:

Friday, 11 August 2017

Experiments in Felt

I recently got myself a needle felting machine (also known as an embellisher or needle punch machine). It looks just like a sewing machine but has 5 needles and no thread. The needles are barbed and mesh the fibres together as they pass through the fabric or yarn.

This is one of my first experiments. In this piece I have used a base of wet felted wool and attached pieces of pre-felt, wool fibres, wool nepps and silk fibres with the needle felting machine. The piece was then free motion machine embroidered before a little hand stitching was added.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rip, Slash and Burn

Today I decided to take slashing and burning (see previous post) one step further and add ripped paper. I painted some cotton rag paper with Twinkling H2O watercolours before ripping it into strips to show the white core. These strips were attached to the organza and felt base by running the soldering iron along the edge to melt the fabric. After that I used the soldering iron to make patterns and lines on the fabric layers. Some layers of organza were removed in places. Some areas were then slashed with scissors and then blasted with a heat gun to ruffle them up and expose the layers beneath.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Slash and Burn

Today I wanted to see if you can get a fabric chenille effect using a soldering iron instead of stitching and a heat gun instead of fluffing your fabric in the washing machine. I used the soldering iron to fuse together layers of organza and felt. I then slashed in between the fused lines with scissors through all the layers. Once everything was cut I blasted it with the heat gun.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Experiments in Melting

Today I have been experimenting with using chipboard and card cutouts as stencils for melted textiles. The basic technique is to layer acrylic felt and organza under the chipboard shape; in the picture above I used one by Scrapmatts. Drawing around the shape with a soldering iron melts the fabrics together. As the fabrics melt they also attach to the chipboard shape. You could stop here with your shape attached to the fabric as above.

The chipboard can easily be pulled away from the fabrics giving a melted outline (Below).

Use tweezers to remove the top layer of organza in places.

These window and buterfly designs are also from Scrapmatts.

I thought I would deliberately use the way the fabrics cling to the chipboard to make a mixed media piece. I made a couple of cardboard designs of my own using old box cardboard painted and stamped. The tree shape is one from Scrapmatts and the big flower is a mosaic board from Bunnings.

I wondered if paper would also adhere to the fabrics. Yes! How about foil, cotton, silk, silk paper, wool felt, buttons? In fact there didn't seem to be anything that wouldn't attach itself to the fabrics with melted felt.

I'm going to experiment more with this. Watch this space!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Changing Seasons Vessel

I've just completed this felt and organza vessel. It's double sided featuring spring and autumn leaf designs. Free machined with metallic thread and cut and fused with the soldering iron.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Cottage Garden

I recently attended a 2 day workshop with Michelle Mischkulnig to make this heavily stitched cottage garden piece. The fabrics include silk, cotton scrim, silk paper, silk fibres, paper, yarn and various other scraps. The surface has been heavily free motion stitched with rayon and metallic threads.