Inspiration comes from the strangest of places. With all the printing I’ve been doing lately there have been quite a few painted baby wipes created by the clean up process. They are quite colourful and semi transparent so there were some interesting effects when I layered them (another thing worth collecting!).
The 6″ canvas’s in progress. I’m debating the colour of the embellishments but I like the backgrounds I have created by layering clean up cloths (baby wipes)
They are a non-woven fabric similar to dressmakers interfacing so they can be stitched. They tear easily in one direction only. I have used those to make a background for the Fibres West donation pieces, on which I will stitch some embellishment in red. I haven’t yet decided which red to use – a more muted Indian Oxide type red to match the muted blue, or a bright “popping” Cadmium Scarlet. I’m going to paint the ribbon and the cardboard circles and then stitch them in place. I am thinking about the finishing process while I do all this.
Shell necklaces found in an op shop. I envisage these being taken apart and used to decorate textiles or baskets.
There are a couple of op shops on my route home from meetings at Alexander Park Craft House and I often call in to one or the other to have a bit of a rummage around. This was my bounty from last week. The beads are made from shell – two of the necklaces are made from smoothed sort-of-rectangular beads and the other has perfectly round disks.
The sequin top has many more sequins on it than I could buy new for the same money. It needs about 3 stitches to secure a line of sequins which are starting to unravel but other than that this top could be worn – if I was half the size I am now! 🙂
This sequin top is WAAAY too small for me but I can use the sequins.
I envisage all of these beads and sequins being useful embellishments on bags, baskets, vessels, or clothing that I make in the future.