December 29, 2009

Playing with Texture

Hope your holidays were bright and you got everything you wanted!  It was a low-key Christmas for me - just the way I like it.  I spent a lot of time in my studio playing with texture and fabric.  In 2007, I took a one day workshop with a teacher from Australia, Pearl Moon, who taught us varied methods for creating texture as the basis for projects.  I had forgotten to bring the correct foot for my machine so I did not get to do many of the experiments during the workshop; however, Pearl Moon provided some great handouts and over the holiday weekend, I was following along with some of the texture methods to create some new fabric.

This is one of the first projects I did when I got home from the class.  This was originally supposed to be the front of the piece; but while painting it, I just happened to turn it over.

The fabric I used for this piece was hand dyed but I didn't think it was anything special.  Now I do


Close ups of the piece


 This weekend I decided to do some small samples


And one large sample. Had some difficulty photographing this sample.  I used Xpandaprint on the surface plus paint and glitter and decorative thread.  Tried with my photography lights, without lights and outside on a sunny day but still could not capture the real beauty of the piece.

Finally, this is a project in progress - still have a lot more strips to sew.  I think I might eventually put this on another fabric and then add lace and fiber and cords and just embellish it to the max.

That is how I spent some of my holiday - I also read Dan Brown's Angel & Demons (the library copy is paperback and is very worn and tattered).  I played with the kitties, slept, worked on a few other small projects to get them moving forward.  All in all a great weekend.  And I have a three day weekend coming up so will hopefully have lots more to show you then.  Happy Giraffe, Belinda


violette said...

these are pretty special.......i especially love the multi-coloured one! Yummy!
love violette

Clare said...

Thank youu for this