Friday, February 06, 2009

Wall Flowers Panel

As well as working on the big Mesoamerican project with Jan for Textiles for Two, I am working on my own project on Nature from the inspiration around me in the North Devon countryside and coast.

This is my latest piece based on flowers growing against and old wall.
The base fabric is a piece of handmade felt I did last year. I trapped all sorts of bits and pieces with wool tops between soluble film and machined a close grid pattern over it all. I gave it a vigorous wash in hot water to felt the wools and dissolve the film. And that is how it stayed for a long while!

I recently found some gorgeous organzas in a fabric shop in Barnstaple. This one was a very pale lavender with embroidered flowers and leaves.
I used it as an overlay for my felt and machined a rambling stitch between the flowers. That looked OK but was missing texture. I love texture.
So out came my heat gun an the surface got a good blasting ;0)

I expected to get a lovely crusty surface that would feel like a stone wall but I didn't expect the flowers and leaves to pop out quite as well as they did.
I burnt all the organza away from the edge to leave it quite rough. I added beads to the centre of the flowers and some little beads and sequins around the background.

I'm not sure how I will finish it yet, maybe I will apply it to some velvet, I think the contrast in textures would be good but whether it will be a wall hanging or a framed piece, I just don't know.

11 comments:

Carol said...

This looks lovely Alis. I know just what fabric you used. I have had my eye on it too. Did you get snow today? We have about 3 inches but in Okehampton they have two feet.

Carol said...

Its gorgeous Alis, what a lucky find the organza was, perfect for your wall

Dayna said...

Great job! I love how it is coming along.

Sue said...

Fabulous and brilliant!

TracyB said...

This is absolutely YUMMY!!! The colors, the textures, I want to touch it!!! :)

StegArt said...

Wow that's so lovely.

lindacreates said...

This is lovely, and thank you for the tutorial! Your flowers and leaves really did pop and look great.

Pat said...

The flowers seem to float above the surface, lovely.

Lynn Douglass said...

This is a very cool piece! I love the soothing colors and the variety of textures!

Kim said...

Wonderful texture and love the muted colors - lovely!

MargaretR said...

This looks absolutely wonderful Alis!