Preparing Materials

20180529_195458Carded merino, silk and angelina fibres; so much like textile candy floss!

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Lots of individually frayed snippets of fabric.

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Threads from frayed fabrics carded into fibres.

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Beginning stitching.

Lourdes X

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Feathery Fabrics and Fibres

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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.

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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.

Lourdes x

Hearts with Kisses

 

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Silk Heart Repaired with Stitching

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This heart was cut from pink silk and stitched to gold organza with small stitching.  The transparency of the fabric with the softened frayed edges of the heart,  together create a ‘floatiness’.

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Savaged Heart

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A Melted Heart

 

imageI haven’t posted in ages.  Not because I have stopped working, but more because of an excessive amount of ideas all competing with eachother.  This makes me confused and disorganised!

One of the themes I have been working on is hearts and their symbolism for love.  This is in combination with a continuing fascination for erosion, deterioration and  the ensuing potential for rebirth and renewal.

In my last post I blogged about a little stuffed heart I had made which had been covered with holey fabric.  As it was made from tattered denim I felt it evoked the grunge clothing and music vibe in the nineties, as the title of the blog ‘grunge heart’ describes.

It also seemed appropriate as the spirit of grunge is so much about being ravaged, and a defiance that nevertheless survives.

I was really touched when one of my friends on Facebook saw the textile heart and asked if she could have it.  She felt it was the only object she had seen that captured the pain she feels, due to tragic events in her life.

I had made the heart to express my own experiences in love; both sublime and from hell… and the journey it takes me through.  Likewise the heart in this post speaks simply of the same.

The silver fabric was heated until it melted.  The quality of melting, as often used to describe the surrender to love from another eg to melt in someone’s arms, to melt in a loving gaze, and so on…was something I wanted to refer to.

In addition the idea of melting suggests heat and fire which brings to mind more challenging elements, such as incineration, burning and purging by fire, providing apt metaphors for the more painful experiences of heartbreak and torment that the path of love likes to take us through.

Sometimes the pursuit of love feels too perilous.  Much like in the Greek myth, where Icarus in his exhiliration, uses his wax and feather wings to fly him too close to the sun, we can fear that the longing may well lead us to a place too powerful and we too will have our wings melted and will be left to fall to drown!

Oh well, hopefully all of our little melted hearts although threadbare, are still just about beating to love another day or two!!

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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.

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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.

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Padded Hearts

Patched, stitched and padded heart.

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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