Wednesday 11 September 2013

Black and White 'Holes'

11th September 2013

Spent all yesterday morning stitching and experimenting!!

I decided to try a 3D effect with fabric and stitching based on some work I did with paper in Unit 3.

I began by sandwiching 2 pieces of muslin and cotton with bondaweb for strength and also to seal the edges. I had never done this before but vilene was not suitable for my task. It actually worked quite well! Think I may try this method to make raised flower petals.

I cut a circle in the muslin and then a spiral.

Next I free machined using zigzag to raise the spiral off the black felt backing.
Unfortunately this photo doesn't show the effect very well.

I marked out the cotton fabric using a pencil as this gives a much finer line and would be covered by stitching.

I cut the pattern out so that I had flaps/holes in the fabric.

Then I had a great time free machining and 'went with the flow' trying for a variety of raised surfaces and was quite pleased with the result. 

Two plain fabrics in contrasting colours have a striking effect. I think this idea would look good on a  wall hanging but it would collect the dust!!!

The oval on the top right has the 2 flaps joined with stitch and this stands up about 1 cm.

Wish my photos were better, but at least they give you the idea.

I think I will try making holes in fabric that frays for a different effect next time and hope my soldering iron comes soon for more experimenting!!


  1. This is great. I really like the contrast between the black and white. I can't wait to see it for real.

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