Saturday, 15 November 2014

Burning - again - of course.

Working with the Living Threads ladies again today, if not playing with fire (tried to avoid that) certainly we were getting seriously hot using the heat guns. 
My examples to start with;
 

Layer, Cover, Stitch with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Layer, Cover, Stitch with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Layer, Cover, Stitch with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Layer, Cover, Stitch with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

I was thinking of the old sgraffito technique, which we used to do when kids using layers of wax crayons, coloured underneath, black on top and then scratching back into the coloured layer below, but didn't know it was called such a fancy name! 
So we developed a multi-coloured layer covered it with sheers, stitched and then burnt away back to the stitching. The next step will be to add more coloured stitching and beading over the top to define the shapes and draw the layers together.
Lots of lovely work as far as it got in one day, just a few finishing touches to add. Here are just a few of the pieces:

Silhouetted tree

Based on abstract painting brush marks

Japanese flower design inspired

Andy Goldsworthy installation transmuted into textiles

French vintage shabby chic-chintz design, ready for some gorgeous hand stitch to define the bunch of roses.

Job done, pretty much, a book cover was the plan here

See how starting to add the colour back onto the top surface really pulls the piece together? Not far to go on this one.


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