Finally scanned the items that I managed to get done at the wonderful workshop that I did at the Emb Guild in Melbourne a few weeks ago. Jan Beany and Jean Littlejohn (Double Trouble) were the very creative lecturers.
These pieces are still awaiting final finishes.
First up is the lace net. We laid down a grid of threads onto a background of sticky dissolvable then laid a few more threads, mine in a slalom fashion across the other squares. Covered with Giulietta, a very see through plastic film, and machined all around the grid to hold it all together.
Then added embroidery using threads, beads, ties and pailettes (the lime green shiny ones)
At this stage we were too impatient to wait any longer so dissolved the "cloth"and film away and were left with fabbo nets of lacy stuff. I plan to do some more beading on this and will then mount it on a background - possibly black but I will audition a few colours to see how they look. (Could it be Purple? Surely not)
Next is the embellisher machine special - a mini landscapey piece. We used the machine to fuse layers of chiffon in a variety of colours. Some were cut and turned and re fused to make even more combinations.
Some pink muslin was poked through from the back giving just a hint of tiny points if colour on the lower half of the cloth. The whole thing was a very fast and very seductive process, Jo and I are seriously in danger of purchasing machines while they are on special for Mothers' day.
This piece now needs some hand embroidery to complete the design. I'm thinking that it looks like a murky skyed sunset.
Next up is a piece that looks a bit revolting at this stage. I'm hoping that the needle felting embellishment process will give it a fabulous new look, but I'm not really holding my breath. We'll all have to wait and see.
It is done on a dissolvable fabric doubled for strength and stitched in an embroidery hoop.
A design shape was outlined and then woolly fibres used to stitch. You have to cross over stitches so that the fabric will become a piece of cloth in its own right once the fabric is dissolved away.
Stand by for what it looks like once I've attacked it with the needles. I'll have to do this by hand as I ran out of time at the workshop.