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Colour and Texture II

I have been working on a series of abstract hand embroideries on hand painted fabric.

Colour & Texture II

 

I’m enjoying finding new stitches to try.

See Colour & Texture I here

Winter’s Day

Winter’s Day

I started this project after a walk on a beautiful sunny day.  Using white fabric, I machine stitched shapes using a twin needle and then cut out parts.  I coloured a second piece of white fabric using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and Derwent Inktense Pencils.  The plan for the piece evolved as the weather changed.  An ice-storm brought down many branches from my pine trees and then froze them to the ground and covered them with snow.

Detail – hand embroidery and weaving

I stitched the pine branches onto water-soluble stabilizer with the sewing machine and once the stabilizer was washed out I sewed them onto the back side of the cutouts.

Detail: Winter’sDay

This will be one of the pieces I will be entering in Out of the Box‘s Fibre Fling 6 show in April.

Colour and Texture

Colour and Texture

Colour and Texture

This piece is hand embroidered on hand painted fabric.

I painted a piece of fabric (cotton/silk) with Golden Fluid Acrylics and cut it up into 6 equal pieces.  This is the first piece that I have embroidered.  I used the embroidery to add texture to the colour of the paint. I haven’t done a lot of hand embroidery and I’m finding it to be addictive.

Painting Embroidery Thread

I have been working on a hand embroidery project.  I have been using Sulky 12 wt Cotton Petites and Linda Palaisy’s hand-dyed Soy Silk and didn’t have the right colour of thread of either in my stash.  So I decided to paint some white 12 wt Sulky cotton thread using Inktense Blocks.

White thread ready to be coloured

White thread ready to be coloured

 

 

 

I wrapped a length of thread once around the clothes line and pinned it.  Then, using a dampened sponge, I wet the thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I re-wet the sponge and wrung it out.  Using the side of a Derwent Inktense Block I coloured the damp sponge. Holding on to the end of the thread to keep it taut I wiped the sponge up and down the thread making sure it was completely covered.dyeing-thread-first-colour

 

 

After rinsing out the remaining colour. I covered the sponge with a second, darker colour.

dyeing-thread-second-color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then coloured over parts of the thread.

 

 

 

dyeing-thread-drying

After the thread dries I will iron it and then re-wet it and use a sponge or old wash cloth to remove the excess colour.

 

 

 

Circles

I finished this doll a little while ago.  She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here.  I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.

 

Circles Cloth doll

Circles
Cloth doll

 

I named her Circles because her jacket is  a circle and because of the pattern in her dress.  I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.

Detail of Face

Detail of Face

The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.

 

Tea Bags

This is a cloth doll made from recycled components.

Art doll recycled components

Her clothing contains two different brands of tea bags (three different kinds of tea), parts of old jeans (they once were my favourite pair), a kilt and dental floss.  The dental floss was dyed using Bombay Pigmented India Ink and is used for the hair.

Face of TeaBag Art Doll

The skin was painted with watercolours and the face was done with pastel pencils.

The doll was made in response to a challenge  presented by All Dolled Up  doll club.

 

Red Fox 2

A few weeks ago I posted a watercolour of a red fox and said that I might do it in felt.

Well I did and here’s the result.

Red Fox needle felted portrait

Red Fox

Using the watercolour as a guide certainly helped the process.

Unraveling

One more felted tile for Fibre Fling 5  (next Friday and Saturday).

blue and green 3D felted tile

Unraveling

Warm and Cool Colours

Finished 2 small pieces this week for Fibre Fling 5.  One is done in cool colours, the other in warm.

Needle felted tile in cool colours

Waves

 

3D needle felted abstract in warm colours

Oranges & Lemons

Both are needle felted.

Meandering

Just finished a new needle felted piece.  This time, for the background, I used a piece that I had wet felted years ago and never did anything with.

Meandering

Meandering

This will be one of the pieces shown at Out of the Box‘s Fibre Fling 5 show in early April.

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