Last week, I mentioned that I love using bits and pieces that I have collected and giving them a new lease of life -chocolate wrappers, tiny bits of fabric, kitchen roll paper, small bits of Vliesofix that I have left over from applique work. One piece of work that I produced a few years ago highlights what I am talking about. Here is the story about it!
I get so excited over rust, rust is beautiful with all the colours and texture!
As soon as I saw this old rusty post box at my friend’s house, I thought that I would have to get to work using my threads and bits of fabrics!
I could see encrusted french knots where the flaky rust was disintegrating. I love french knots especially on mass!
Lots of little bits of fabrics including silk, velvet, organza are trapped down by free machine embroidery using metallic threads with washers, sequins, beads which are embellished on top.
Paper and painted Vliesofix are layered over the little bits of fabric. By adding french knots and detached chain stitch in various thickness of threads, helps to give an encrusted, rich quality.
I love the texture of bubbled-up chocolate wrappers with a coating of non-tarnishing wax gilt.By holding chocolate wrappers over a candle in a well-ventilated room and using a face mask, it crinkles up which creates the look of rust peeling (Be careful not to burn the fabric, your hands or even your house!) .
The work by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn has been a big influence in my free-machine embroidery work. Please check them out at http://doubletrouble-ent.com/, their work is amazing!
Well until next time.