Tuesday, January 26, 2010

IACW - Fabric decorations

Here's my post for It's A Creative World today:

You may remember my Resolutions that I posted on New Years Eve. One of them was to use my textile inspiration kits to make some Christmas decorations and I'm pleased to say I've made a start already!

I started by tracing the shape I wanted on to silk. I then sewed on beads:

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I then cut a co-ordinating piece of cotton to use on the back and sewed them together using a metallic embroidery thread leaving a small gap to put the stuffing in. (I found an old cushion and used the kapok from that). I then sewed around the remainder after adding a length of ribbon.

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For my next one I again traced the shape on to silk and then used free machine stitching to randomly stitch over the design with a metallic thread. I then sewed on sequins and beads before cutting the shape out .

For this decoration I chose a piece of co-ordinating felt for the backing before following the same steps as previously described.

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Both of these will work well with our Christmas theme of blue, silver and purple. Alternatively they'll make great little decorations for any time of year!

I wanted to make another and for this one changed to use a yellow-gold silk that I have and some Indian bindi embellishments. I used alcohol ink to change the colour of the metal before sewing them to the silk along with some beads. The machine embroidery was done using a variegated metallic thread and after adding a felt backing this thread was used along the edges.

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I really enjoyed making these and can see myself making a few more in the future!

2 comments:

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

holy moly! i never knew you had THIS much talent! these are gorgeous!

hugs :)

Lucy said...

Jo, these are GORGEOUS!!!!!
Tallualah xx