Grunge Heart

This time I wanted to return to a distressed look and make a heart with a grunge look. Made in tattered denim and repaired with metallic lurex fabric and machine-stitched darning.

image

Padded Heart with Crochet

I worked some free form crochet while stitching it to the heart as decoration.  I think that the addition of beads and sequins could be nice too.

imageFront

imageBack

 

 

Padded Hearts

Patched, stitched and padded heart.

image

image

I really like the idea of creating hearts that look repaired, mended and healed.  Also the concept of something once broken but now repaired and somehow much stronger for it.

Lourdes x

Denim on Denim – Appliqued Heart and Stitches

image

I love the distressed denim look as well as embroidered denim so I thought I would try appliqueing a denim heart.  It’s very soft light denim so it wasn’t too much trouble to stitch through the layers.

 

 

 

 

 

Stitched Heart

Heart stitched on patched fabric

image

image

Added Stitching

image

More stitches have been added to this pece of patchwork, however I haven’t worked on this for a while as I have been seduced away by other projects!

image

A close-up of stitching worked on a piece of gossamer fabric (once part of a scarf) .  I like the combined effect of the print punctuated by the stitches.

image

Another close-up of black stitches.

Lourdes x

Openwork Crochet and Stitching

image

These are my most recent experiments where I have been playing around with more ways of combining very loosely-worked crochet with fabrics and stitching.  The work above was also melted with a heat gun to add a distressed quality.

These are samples exploring ways of combining small scraps of fabric with crochet and stitching.  I think that the lines created by the crochet contrasted with the coloured fabric is similar to the pattern and veining found on the wings of insects.  I also think that the use of black thread gives the samples a gothic look.

Thanks so much for visiting! All the best

Lourdes x

Crochet, Tucks, Cords & Thoughts

image

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I am at the point in my project where I am having to consider how to bring my visual research and development to some point of culmination.   I have been looking through all of my samples to see what jumps out for more in-depth exploration and potential for some kind of eventual conclusion.

I have also been thinking about concept and how my visual work could suggest ideas, as these I have found are always interwoven with my visual sources of inspiration and chosen route of investigation.  I don’t want to be too definite in describing the ideas I have, as I know how these grow and change, but I would say that I am interested in analysing the relationship we can cultivate with nature through acknowledgment of it’s cycles.

In addition I am also interested in the meaning of beauty and what happens to many of our ideas of what constitutes beauty as we get older.

I began this project with the idea of a secret garden where unexpected treasures can be found and would now extend that to include inner secrets and mysteries particularly as relates to femininity and how they can be revealed.  So, in summary I am curious about nature, cycles, beauty and feminine mysteries and possibly how our awareness of these things could be improved.

Healing is always of fascination to me and I am also curious about how healing can take place.  The challenge is how to incorporate these ideas and questions into the physical act of constructing textiles and clothing.

In terms of textile work I have decided to focus on freeform crochet which is very effective at describing an organic, but also pretty quality.

image

When a really large crochet hook is used with a fine thread, a very loose and ‘irregular’ fabric is formed, which is great for distorting as well as creating a very open work material like a net.  It is even reminiscent of the veining on the wing of an insect.

image

I love using tiny hand stitching and when combined with fabric scraps and patchwork suggest repair, patience and healing as well as also having an organic feel.  I will also continue to explore ways to create form and texture with bias-stitched tucks which are perfect for creating again very pretty flounces, ripples and ruffles.

image

After looking through all my samples so far I have decided to look again at this idea of combining crochet with fabrics and stitching the crochet in places to create a corded lace effect.

image

At this stage I am thinking that this could work well as a detail on a corset or bra top.  I have begun by looking at different threads and yarn and how they look when covered with machine zigzag stitch, I need to research ready-made cords too.

IMG_2185

Here, torn satin strips have been handspun and then covered in zigzag stitch and crocheted.  Although an ‘open’ material has been formed, it is rather bulky and stiff.

Stitches and Raggedy Fabric

 

image

I wanted to further explore ways that patches of fabric could be joined to make a background surface for crochet and other forms of embellishment.  In keeping with the spirit of my experiments up to now, I also wanted them to look somewhat bedraggled. The above piece is comprised of small crinkled pieces of fabric held together with lines of machine stitching.

In these samples I wanted to look at the different results created by varying the stitch type and experimenting with textural effects achieved by layering and combining the fabrics.

image

Creased fabrics have been stitched down with criss-crossed lines of zigzag stitch.  The stitching forms a prominent feature when used this way.

image

Hand stitches secure small crinkled patches of fabric to a foundation fabric.

image

Delicate hand stitches are used to very gently hold small scraps of fabric together.  This forms an extremely light and fragile fabric.

image

Different fabrics are scrunched together and secured with machine straight stitch.  I think that this is suggestive of  dramatic,  ‘blousey’ blossoms.  This effect would look best in small amounts, perhaps as an edging or trimming.

Hope you all have a great week!

Lourdes x

Crochet Flowers Entrapped by Stitching

I haven’t posted for weeks and I have missed blogging, which I really enjoy.  The truth is that I lost my rhythm as I went away from home for a week and I also changed my focus from creating experimental samples, without too much thought given to how these could be applied to finished pieces, to experimenting with applications in clothing design.  Somehow this changed my orientation, possibly because I felt very nervous about producing finished pieces and I felt little energy for anything else.  However I feel very pleased to return to blogging and I will try to fill you in on everything I have been up to.  I’ve just looked back over my last blog to remind myself of where I was and I was in the process of experimenting with crochet and stitch.  So in the next few blogs I will describe how I progressed to where I am now, which is working out ways to make clothes while incorporating some of the ideas I have been experimenting with.

image

As well as trying out ways of using stitch combined with crochet, I also wanted to explore ways of trapping crochet flowers, as I like the idea of collecting beautiful natural objects while outside and I like the fact that this is reminiscent of childhood and the curiosity which we can all too easily loose in adulthood.

The transparent quality of the purple organza in the above photo allows the crocheted flower to be seen and I think that the many small stitches suggest that the flower is treasured enough to be preserved in this way.

image

This is another example of where a crochet flower has been trapped or ‘preserved’ in layers of fabric and secured with surrounding stitches.

image

This crochet flower has been trapped with a line of stitching which describes the outline of the shape.

image

The experiment shown in the second photo above has been heated with a heat gun to melt the organza and create a distressed look.

Thank you for reading my blog and hope you have a great week!

Lourdes x