I’m afraid that I have completed a minimum of samples for this chapter as I would like to complete the module before we go on holiday at the end of the month.
Stitching on Paper
Stitched paper curled
Triangle of stitched, curled and slashed paper
A stitched and curled circle: I think this might have worked better if it had not been so heavily stitched.
Three layers of paper, one painted lining paper, middle layer printed kraft, one marbled photocopy paper,
stitched and then torn.
Stitching thinner paper: Paper Napkin
This was the only patterned napkin I could find in the house, and it wasn’t really suitable as the pattern was so pale.
Because it was so pale, (and the black tissue was a bit elderly and battered) I used some white printed tissue out of a shoe box, whether this was a good idea, I’m not sure.
Using Acrylic Wax.
This is layout paper, printed on one side using a halved cauliflower floret in blue and green, and on the other using the stencil I made earlier of the Snakeshead Fritillary. It was then painted with acrylic wax, stitched when dry and cut. It was then rolled and curled.
Copper mesh heated using a heat tool produces coloured spots on the mesh.
Aluminium mesh does not colour even when a gas blow lamp was used (not by me!), it just bent.
Stitched, heated copper mesh.
Stitched, heated aluminium mesh.
Finer copper mesh, (Left, heated side; Right, back)
Stitched fine copper mesh
Cut and manipulated
Fine aluminium mesh, stitched using Cable and Feather stitches
Cut and manipulated.
I have some comments on this sample:
1. I mostly used the Janome on the wire, and used water soluble fabric on both sides. Unfortunately, I had been using the Bernina to put some more complicated stitching patterns on the fine copper mesh. I should have changed back to the Janome for this, as the more robust aluminium scratched the plastic window and the table, even with the water soluble fabric. I probably wouldn’t use the aluminium for free machine embroidery again.
2. I was too busy making sure the threads didn’t break, and the stitching was reasonably even to remember that I needed to leave enough space to cut, so the opportunity to manipulate is much reduced.
Aluminium mesh with sheers
Sheers parcel with water soluble fabric and printed sheer
Reverse with white chiffon.
Cut and manipulated. The mesh shows at the edges, probably better to trim edges off.