A collection of some of the fibre jewels made from stuff in my stash: When I was first trying free motion machine embroidery, I did small projects with mini “canvases” to find out how tension, thread weights, colours, bobbin thread, etc. worked . I made little bags, pins, neckpieces, cuffs and cards, too. I found these projects a convenient way of trying various fibre art techniques, like needle felting, nuno felting, transfer printing – anything and everything you have ever read about in Quilting Arts… I did not buy anything new but used up stuff from my stash, especially silk and wool fragments, jewelry findings and vintage trims and buttons, etc. Making a small item like a 2″ pin meant that I did not end up with millions of boxes of huge UFOs! (Only thousands… ) I often made these fun and frivolous pieces whenever I got “stuck” on a major art piece or when I just felt like playing and trying new things.
Here are some of those little fibre jewels:
I designed my version of a Chanel cuff in silk with a “medallion” in classic Chanel jewelry colours, stitched the medallion on pellon, cut it out and appliqued it to the silk cuff. Some of the other stitched medallions (above) were also later stitched to silk cuffs.
A lovely little mother-of-pearl vintage button for that one. Next:
More trim with abalone for this one. Next:
Pin-necklace. Wet felted, free motion stitched, dyed cheesecloth, abalone button trim.
Some more eco prints with fall leaves that I put in the freezer to see if they would release good colour after freezing. They do! At least, on water colour paper, they do. (Not so good for prints on my embossed handmade papers…)I am hoping that means I can freeze leaves instead of saying “Goodbye until next spring”. TBD…