Sunday, August 17, 2008

latest pieces

Can never think of a catchy title for my posts but this one is just what it is my latest pieces!

Bought some Mistyfuse on line earlier this week after spotting it on lots of blogs and websites, mainly from the States. As soon as I received it I had to have a play. After experimenting with it on various fabrics I realised two main things. One it does give such a soft result to the finished piece, especially the softer fabrics such as silk, which I use alot of. Secondly it did not leave an opaque effect so ideal for trapping . The picture blow shows a quiltie (5x5inch) using threads from my bit bag.

Below is a closeup that shows how there is no obvious top surface covering the trapped threads as there would have been with bondaweb so I am definitely a convert when I want to utilise this technique. The off white top stitching was FME with cotton perle in the bottom spool.

Do still like Bondaweb where some firmness is needed though and this piece below utilised it perfectly. I made a sandwich from silk hankies which I had previously dyed. I like the ability to handle and control the colour placement instead of making silk paper. As embroideries do not need the stability that silk paper gives my technique is favourite in this case. I choose four thin sheets of silk hanklie and sandwich them with one piece of Bondaweb. Because they are so thin one piece is adequate. This is how fine they can be.The finished patterns achieved are I think better than silk paper. Using a rotary cutter I cut out a 4 inch square which I then FME and finished off with a red heart button. This will be in a black frame and is one of my collection I am preparing for the Christmas exhibition.

This closeup shows the Free machine embroidery detail.
This inchie also uses a silk sandwich which is cut into 9 one inch squares and then embroidered. I am completing a series of these inchie pictures for the exhibition.A closeup of two of the squares.


Anonymous said...

These are all great, but I particulalry like the inchies, and they way you have tiesd them together with the trailing french knots. very inspired and inspiring!

Julie said...

Beautiful work especially the inchies linked with stitch.

I always seem to have problems with bondaweb and like the idea that Mistyfuse is almost invisible. I have some in my stashso I should have a play. The price puts me off a bit.

Anonymous said...

A search for Mistyfuse lead me to this post. Very lovely work! I also loooove the inchies with the embroidery!
I was wondering on the experiment with Mistyfuse if you fused it to the front of the fabric base also or just on top of the thread snips? Also, for the person who mentioned the price..... someone wrote me recently that they noticed that it cost less than Bondaweb. They based that on the fact that Mistyfuse is wider.

Margaret S said...

In answer to the above question - I only used one piece of Mistyfuse and that was on the top of the threads as I batted it all down with the FME. If you were using a very dense collection of threads it would benefit from a base layer as well.

Anonymous said...

So interesting! I have to try that! Have you tried putting it on the base only? That works for me!

Cyber Fyber said...

I've just stopped by your blog while working on the upcoming CYBER FYBER exhibition. I'm creating exhibition labels for the ATCs and had a peek at your amazing current work! I'm thrilled to have traded with you! Thanks so much!

Threadspider said...

Just found your blog via Flickr. So inspiring.

Kim said...

What fab work. The inchies are very cute. Kimx