Mixed media textiles inspired by rebellion and the natural world
I have added the crochet strip to the frayed fabric tatters and fibres I wrote about in my last post. This will be made into a choker but I have to source some appropriate clasps.
I would usually add further ornamentation to my designs with organza petals, small crocheted flowers and semi-precious beads, but I am tempted in this instance to keep it ‘purer’ and leave it as it is.
I started making a choker today. I already had the length of crochet lace made and I was playing around with ideas for a suitable background. I decided to use small frayed pieces as I liked the feathery effect and felt that if layered, would create a pleasing contrast for the crochet.
I cut up lots of pieces of lightweight and transparent fabrics, mainly along the bias, as the irregular edge formed was appealing. I then frayed each piece, I wanted to include the loose threads as they reminded me of the fluffy material in flower heads. I felt that the best way to do this was to add some wool fibres to the threads and then to needlefelt them with some of the frayed pieces of fabric. Needlefelting is achieved by using a purpose-made barbed needle which tangles wool fibres together, when used to repeatedly stab them. This creates a felted fabric and the more it is worked, the denser it becomes.
These are some of the pieces of fibres needlefelted with frayed fabric. They are possibly a little thick, so I will use them sparingly, combined with the layered, frayed pieces and attach the crochet strip on top. I will include the finished result in a coming post.