It's been a while since I posted here. I used the time to sort out my art materials, organise my work room and get started on various challenges for LOVE STITCHING RED
Now - do you remember this picture from the last post?
I've been thinking a lot about recycling in textiles. I always try to do this where I can and I'm always looking for new ways to use up the bits. I'm a terrible hoarder and I save EVERYTHING!
... scrap paper, wrapping paper, envelopes, labels, tags, etc. all get used either in my sketchbooks, inchies, collages, made into mini journals (which I paint and stitch on) or recycled into paper pulp, handmade paper or papier mache. Recently, I used up some of it in the Erosion Bundle Project
... tin foil, sweetie wrappers, plastic carrier bags, card bags and acetate sheets usually get zapped with my heat gun or soldering iron to make beads or are distressed, distorted or heat bonded to other materials to create interesting textures in textiles
... jam jars and glass jars are used to store my Brusho inks when I mix up my ink powders. I like to mix the powders to create different shades and it's handy to have jars already mixed up
... leftover metallic threads and fabric scraps (even the tiniest pieces) are kept in little pots for re-using in my glitzy bits fabric sandwiches and embellishing tiny pieces of textile art
This is a piece I'm working on at the moment with my global warming theme in mind. I'm thinking about distress and holes and icy water melting. The base is made from a layer of felt, a layer of chiffon, glitzy bits and leftover snippets, then another layer of sheer chiffon fabric. I'm in the process of free machine stitching circles for holes all over the piece
You can see I've started to cut away the edges in the corner. I will do this all around the piece. I've also started to "zap" the chiffon layer with a heat gun, soldering iron and scissors to get through to the glitzy bits. The heat not only melts the chiffon layer but also distorts the little bits underneath melting and bonding them together giving an interesting look and texture
Detail of distress
Detail of distress
I will show it finished very soon ... that will make me get on with it!
I made another heart (this is just so I am reminded of the ones I made as little gifts at Christmas)
I made a card for my journal as well
I tried using the blue sweetie wrappers (from the choccies in the picture above) to make beads. They are wrappers from Quality Street choccies and the wrappers wouldn't melt! Sweetie wrappers from Cadbury's Roses, however, worked fine! They were thinner and melted and bonded a treat
I made a little batch of beads using various materials, Tyvek, sweetie wrappers, plastic bags, metallic fabrics that melted to a plastic texture and chiffons which distorted, wrapped in Madeira metallic thread
The blue sweetie wrappers won't be wasted, though. I used two layers of blue sweetie wrappers for the background on this inchie that I made for the inchie challenge. This week the letter is "B" for blue!
Have a good creative week and try to think about ways to recycle in your projects. I would love to hear your ideas for recycling in textile art