Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Organza experiment

I found some rolls of shiny - almost metallic - synthetic organza in a craft shop and wanted to see this fabric would work for nuno felting. 
I put thin layers of merino wool tops, and a few bits of silk and also trapped some wool nepps and strands of spun wool in between the merino. 

It took a bit of elbow grease - and I did use an electric sanding machine. But the wool did attach itself to the organza and start to felt. Enough for a decorative object, though perhaps not for something subject to much wear. It had an underwater look about it, so I added more organza shapes (some shiny fish and starfish) and some wool and ribbon weeds. I trapped all this under some soluble interfacing, and then machined lots of ripply lines to hold it all. Then rinsed away the interfacing. I was quite pleased with the result. But what I really like is the effect when you hold the piece up to the light. Love the way the nepps show up.  Here it is against a window:

I also experimented with a small piece, throwing it in the tumble drier to felt. Amazingly this felted quickly and much more firmly. The colours reminded me of Monet's waterlilies, so I doodled on a few with the machine.  

Oops funny how you can spot loose threads that need trimming in a photo!
Not sure what I can do with these samples, but I learned a lot and will incorporate organza onto future pieces. 

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Distressing, but fun!

Have just come back from our French hideaway, where I spent a few companionable hours with my daughter transforming some furniture for her bedroom there. I had picked up some funny old brown cabinets  in "Troc" in Belgium - a great source of second hand stuff. Total cost 30€. Some sanding, painting and waxing, and they have a new life!