My only doses of fibre have been weekly lately at the well-being group. For the newbies we're working up to vessels, so last week we used resist strips to understand how resists work and yesterday we used a resist to make pouches, though I finished mine off over a bottle to keep my drinks cool in summer.
My daily dose yesterday was having a stab for the first time at making a card size picture using only sari silks.
Galina very generously sent me a treasure trove of small sari pieces through the post and I had to jump in pretty much straight away and have a go.
Working with the colours I had I made a blue 'sunflower'. In the back of my mind I guess I knew how it would need more stitching than my normal felted cards, but I was still surprised at the amount of thread it took, which is my choice entirely of course.
The layout and pinning of the silks took longer than just wool, then the stitching and the amount of thread, so I looked at the outcome and thought 'there is no way I am selling THAT kind of work for the same price as my other cards!'
So I was thinking of putting a sticker on the cello saying 'Sari Silks' and a higher price - I'M LEARNING !
Tracey, where's a photo? I'd love to see. And it's the first one that you did so it will always take longer until you get a system down. There are several types of fusible that allow you to "stick" the fabric down, then iron it and then stitch. Speeds up the process.
It can still be fiddly even with fusible. I have a tendency to put a layer of fusible on the fabric first with paper backing still on, then cut out shapes etc, then apply down to base by peeling the fabric and then ironing. There are tons of different kinds of fusible and double sided is easily available.
I like the sound of a fusible to anchor the fabric in place, I did not know you could buy double sided, it was a touch fiddly....!
I will have another go at a photo of it tomorrow. I did have a little go and surprise surprise it looked dull.
I've fused fabrics together with double sided webbing - if the fabrics are very sheer or open weave use baking paper under and over the fabrics to protect the sole of your iron and ironing board - ask me how I know!