Many, Many Projects:
I enjoy the process of sharing my completed 8×10’s. Over the last several weeks I have revealed thirty-eight uniquely designed specimens. Thirty-eight sounds like a lot but I have more than that yet to go.
Lots of Fun:
Designing and implementing these small art projects is a very contagious practice. The manageable size and portability make them easy to work with no matter where I am. Typically I spend several days pulling together various combinations of fabric. After setting aside a number of groupings I draw on my supplies of beads, buttons, lace, recycled sari and kantha cloth, among other items, to add as embellishments.
A Change In Technique:
Up until now I have used white stretched canvas as the background for 99% of my 8×10’s. Lately I have decided to cover the canvas with fabric. The last photo to be shared in this post includes a fabric covered frame. This new technique adds a more striking element. Even though I am very fond of the white canvas background it’s always nice to try something new.
What’s In The Future:
For now I believe I will most likely continue to wrap my canvases with fabric; however, I have also considered making my own wood frames and stretching my own, unpainted canvas over the edges. Who knows what the future will bring!
Let’s Wrap This Up:
I could go on talking about this art form but, with so many more items yet to be shared, it is time to wrap this entry up. Below you will find two collages. Lets take a look at eight more finished specimens.
Jimenas Treasures is the name of the Etsy website where I purchase my fabric wrapped beads. The three beads attached to this composition were made by the owner of the shop. I named this project after the business. As is often the case, I began this fiber art piece with a square of gold colored wool. Situated vertically along the left edge is a denim colored fabric strip. Horizontally placed is a teal scrap with like-colored, randomly placed orbs. Also in a vertical placement is gold and denim themed strip of kantha cloth. Atop the whole stack are two thread covered wire beads and one painted fabric bead. Decorative rows of hand stitching were applied for both functionality and artistic appeal.
Over the years I have acquired an inventory of unusual trinkets. One of the items I purchased was this oversized snap. The snap was the catalyst for naming this project. Among the components found within this project are a butterscotch colored wool a section of eco-dyed fabric, a harvested strip of kantha cloth and the overly sized snap. Artistically applied stitches serve not only to secure the elements in place but also to add interest.
Mulled cider has an earthy coloring similar to the one used in this composition. Their shared resemblance was the reason for the title of this item. This art piece began with a layer of fringed gold wool. Added second was a copper colored section and above that is a small square of hand painted dryer sheet. Topping the three-some off is a beautifully colored, fabric wrapped bead. To add artistic flair a variety of straight stitches as well as French knots were added.
This fuzzy little specimen was assembled using a layer of green wool, a deep purple sari scrap a small section of red wool plaid and one blue sugar skull. The sugar skull was the reason for the art project’s name. Added for special interest were a variety of hand stitching techniques using Perle cotton thread. As is typical for many of my art projects, this one also has a number of French knots.
This item was named Scalloped Edge because of the vertical strip of scalloped rickrack. Chosen to coordinate with the rickrack was a midnight blue wool fabric, and a floral inspired section of recycled sari fabric. All three items were secured in place with a variety of hand stitching techniques.
The coloring of the attached wool fabric along with the hand-dyed silk were the inspiration for the identity of this project. Layered over the silk is a salvaged section of crocheted lace. Directly above that is a single green button. This item was embellished with a variety of hand stitches using a Perle cotton thread. Among the stitches used are the French knot and the running stitch.
I chose to title this project Elaborate Flower because of the crocheted flower attached to the center of the composition. Also included in the elements of the design are two pieces of wool, a warm brown and a rich rust, along with a shiny yellow glass bead. Securing both wool fabrics in place are a series of stitches applied with brown thread. The crocheted flower was attached with like-colored thread.
This composition contains two fabrics printed with polka dots. The presence of the dots were the inspiration for this item’s title. Among the other features are a green gauze wrapped frame, a blue swatch of textured wool and a single blue button. To bring more emphasis to the design I added areas of stitching that serve both as an embellishment and as a means to secure the fabrics in place.
Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.
Best wishes for a wonderful day!