Archive for February, 2011

Shisha Glass and Inktense pencils

February 28, 2011

Playing with Inktense pencils is a lot of fun. For my latest article check out the feature in Embellish Magazine  (Vol 2, Issue 5 – current issue as of today). The article takes you through using a few different mediums with the Inktense pencils on fabric as well as how I created the flower above.

The most easy way to apply Shisha mirror to any fabric is by buttonholing over a cardboard ring and then appliqueing the ring over the mirror onto the fabric below. I have used this often to put glass onto a project. It is an authetic Indian technique as I got this idea from abook which showed 9 different ways to apply the mirrors. The other eight were all the contorted stitching over the mirror type approach which is what makes it so awkward to attach but no.9 was a gem of a technique!

Cardboard ring ready to buttonhole over!

You can buttonhole over anything really – curtain rings, metal washers etc. Then simply place you background fabric below, mirror on top and then covered ring over. Stitch down though the loops of the buttonhole stitch around the edge – very easy and saves the background fabric from being worked over. I begain using this technique when applying shisha to silk paper because it just wouldn’t take the usual stitched technique.


Discharge Dyeing

February 23, 2011

Been playing around having fun removing colour from fabric using plain old household bleach.

I use a refillable bleach pen that comes with a metal tip as this means I know it will be fresh and not dried out – plus I can keep re-using it. Put all the instructions together for this for my new Discharge Dyeing kit you can find on my website.

Kunin Felt Lace

February 2, 2011

Been playing with foils and kunin felt lately and had a bit of fun. This was the first piece I put together:

Kunin Lace Blue

I mounted it after stitcing onto a black painted canvas which has meade it easy to hang. I hung it where it gets lots of light so the foils sparkle. I enjoyed stitching this piece so much I had another go in a different colourway :

Kunin Lace Copper

In this one I stitched leaves into some of the sari ribbon pieces to reflect the feature scrap of ribbon that I had. The kunin felt is foiled, free machined and then cut with a soldering iron. The melting point of kunin felt is pretty low so you have to be careful when cutting out the felt. Kunin felt is made from recycled plastic bottles (PET ones) So most of the items in this artwork are from reclaimed or recycled materials.

Want to have a try at Kunin Lace? I’ve made up a kit with a 10 pack of kunin felt with sari ribbon, foils and WonderUnder with full instructions. Have a look at my website .