I love texture and love to touch! These were two larger projects that I experimented with fabric embellishment, needle felting, and decorative stitching. I also added beads and buttons as adornments.
I experimented by first hand needle felting different fabrics and yarns to the base fabric. I just continued until I had a pattern I found pleasing and appropriate to the application. Using decorative stitches on my sewing machine and coordinating threads I anchored various elements as well as add texture. Beads, buttons, etc were added at the end.
I did not have my "felting machine" yet when I made these two projects. I was hand felting with 5 needles, like the clover one shown above. You punch the needles through the fabric into a brush like pad and as you punch the clear plastic cover goes up allowing the barbed needles to penetrate the fabric and pull in and out the fibers to mesh it togehter. With my felting machine I probably would not need the decorative stitches to anchor the pieces since they would be felt-attached better, but would probably add them anyway just for the texture. With the machine the fabrics/fibers make an almost permanent bond and allow for unlimited creativity! Since then I have tried more projects that I will be sharing more pictures of in the future.
Christopher Nejman's book was the first inspiration for making these pillows. He shows so many creative ideas and techniques and most especially encourages you to take off and create!! Once I found out about felting I dove right in! There are many books available about felting but the best way to learn is just to do it! The hand tool and mat are quite inexpensive to try it out. Grab some fabric and yarn and start punching. As you see how it becomes meshed together the ideas will start!
I just finished embellishing a 3 ring binder for a friend with paper. She is writing her life memoirs and wanted something to put them in. It was fun to take her wedding picture and some pretty paper and start creating!! I used some paper with roses on it (Goldies favorite flower!) and cut arouun some of it with an exacto knife to allow some of it to spill on to the wedding photo. I printed the wedding picture on regualr photo paper but then tore the edgges to make it look old. I took self laminating sheets and covered the finished cover and back so it can be wiped off occasionaly and the paper won't tear or get stained. I like to add a little ribbon embellishment because I love whimsy!! I've read what she's journaled so far and her life is so interesting. I believe here in the community they are starting a journaling class in February. I think I'll take it!
I always look at the clearance section at Target and various stores for notebooks and notepads that I can create fun covers for. They make a great inexpensive one of a kind gift. To the right are the long narrow "to do" list pads. The ones below are smaller scratch paper pads.
I've even done some more masculine ones for guy friends.
I had some scrapbook paper that looked like a leather jacket and one that was an old stone courtyard. I added leather cords tied to the top ring binding.
Hopefully this will give you some ideas to try your own!! .
As little girls my sister and I would always say to our mom, "what can we do now?" And she always had an answer from giving us catalogs to cut out people and switch head on them (now that's altered art!!) to ironing crayon chips between waxed paper to make stained glass windows. From her inspiration I went on to life of creating.
Mom would draw patterns on paper and would have us sit at the sewing machine and follow the lines. When she determined were staying close enough we were then able to sew.Fiber arts and felting grew from that hobby.
My mother is responsible for getting me into polymer clay and rock painting as well.
I have to give credit to my sister for the beading. How does one stand in a bead store and pick up and look at every bead in the store?
I have been involved in a direct sales company doing cooking classes for over 22 years. I guess that would make me a self-taught foodie!