Friday, May 28, 2010

Another TOM tried.......

............and rethinking the square red button!!!

 
Well, it's done, and I'm so totally happy with this piece of experimentation.  When the girls over on 3CS asked us to try water colour crayons, etc., I decided that I'd finally found a way to use a beautiful piece of wool felt that a friend had sent me about two years ago.  It's one of the lovely dyed pieces you can buy from Colourstreams here in Australia [www.colourstreams.com.au].

When I started working on this, all I could think of was a rainbow.  So, I began colouring each section as if it was a 'square' rainbow.  I wanted the corners to having flowing lines, because the dyeing on the felt was 'flowing'.  It seemed to need 'something' so I found out some crystal shred/angelina fibre look-alike, which I spread sparsely over the surface of the painted area, then covered it with fine black tulle.  After ironing, it just took on a life of it's own.  It's hard to see how beautifully sparkly/blingey it is with the camera.  The black stitching seemed the way to go, as black always brings out colour.

When I thought about the 'inside', I thought I'd need to anchor the felt with a big button, and therefore the stitching might show through to the outside, hence the need for the square red button [to hide said stitches].  However,  I decided it was more prudent to fuse the black lining to the stitched outer, and just machine stitch the felt to the lining prior to fusing.  Then I only needed to cover that stitching with a button, so no need to stitch through to the outside.  I managed to buy a square red button, but it has become part of the stash now, and waiting for the next time................

Enjoy..............

9 comments:

DIAN said...

Wow, Linda, this ha turned out so well. Love the colours - the felt is a perfect match for your coloured fabric. Black gives it a really dramatic look.
What a perfect little parcel.

Karyn said...

Linda, that is so stunning. I agree with Dianne, the black sets it off perfectly. I cant wait to see what you come up with next...

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Your project has turned out very lovely. The colours are wonderful and dramatic. Perfect in every way. Hugs Judy

JulietteCherry said...

Linda, I really love this. The colours are so vibrant.

Linda said...

Thanks for the encouragement ladies. I did enjoy making this project and must thank Dian for the cute 'parcel' idea. I'm looking forward to finishing the shiva stick experiment too.

Iceni UK said...

Linda, it was like opening up a pencil box today when I looked at your superb pieces of work.
The colours are magical and so like a rainbow.
Thank you for showing them, it has made my day.
Hugs to you.
Isabell

Sue Bleiweiss said...

Wonderful Linda!

michelle said...

Linda this turned out amazing ! the colours are fabulous and the black really does set it off i love it !!

Sharon said...

What a wonderful project! Your water color pencil challenge is awesome!