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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Stitched Heart

Heart stitched on patched fabric

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Wrist Cuff In Graded Pinks, Silks and Velvet

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This is the second of the 5 cuffs I have been working on.

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It includes pieces of velvet, silk organza, chiffon and net.  It is smaller in size than the others.

Lourdes x

Wrist Cuffs

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Last year I took part in a Facebook challenge to ‘pay it forward’. Basically the idea is to give gifts to people who agree to also give away gifts and so on, resulting in hopefully a very long continuation of gifts being both given and received.  3 people respond to each person taking part, but due to some misunderstandings, I had 5 responses!  Anyway each person is supposed to send a gift to 3 people which could range from a card or postcard to an object of some kind or well, anything!  I thought it would be nice to send things I made myself and I decided to design some wrist cuffs incorporating the ideas I have been working on recently such as crochet combined with fabric scraps and stitching.  The year has progressed quickly and I have been focusing my attention on getting these completed before the year has passed!

I have completed all 5 cuffs but I haven’t yet finished the fastenings,  I decided on brooches as both fastenings and extra adornment, but I haven’t made them yet so I will include them in a future post.

This was the first cuff I worked, using one of my favourite colour schemes of lilac and greens, it includes a couple of pieces of free-form crochet and small hand stitches.

Lourdes x

Camisole in Progress

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I am experimenting with ways of building up sections of fabric to form garments.  I really like the idea of allowing a piece of clothing to emerge from the combinations of shapes; it seems somewhat magical and as if the work has an intelligence of it’s own!  Perhaps it just suits my personality to work in an unpredictable way!  The photo above has had the colours enhanced which has made the colours bolder and like the vibrancy of a watercolour or ink painting.

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Here the colours are faithful to the actual piece.  However I quite like to play around with the editing as new possibilities become apparent and the whole mood can be altered.

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This is a close-up photo of white silk dupion which has frayed holes in it, it may be hard to see but in places the stitches cover some of the holes creating areas which are lace-like.

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Here the contrast between areas which include embellishment and areas where the fabrics are held together with simple stitching and left plain is shown.  I really like the look of ‘construction in progress’ that is suggested by the lines of tacking-type stitches.

This is yet another work in progress!

Lourdes x

Added Stitching

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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!

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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.

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Another close-up of black stitches.

Lourdes x

Crochet and Tatters

Just a short post today.

Here I have included more attempts to combine crochet with fabric scraps.  I like the use of transparent fabrics as a delicate, dreamy quality is created.

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May your day be filled with happiness!

Lourdes x

Distorted Patchwork

I decided that I would like to explore the possibilities of distorting fabric further, as it could be interesting to combine different fabrics and compare their reaction to the bias-stitching (for those who don’t know, ‘bias’ refers to the  diagonal direction of the fabric, as opposed to the straight grain which runs along the lengthwise weave of the fabric or the crosswise grain which runs horizontally)

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I was pleased with the results because they have a weathered appearance, which I was hoping to create.  I included some silk fabric which had been deliberately creased, to contribute to the distressed look.  It’s not that noticeable on the photo above,  so I have added the following photos to illustrate how distinctly textured, silk can become when purposefully creased.

These pieces of silk were washed and then twisted, tied and left to dry.

This crinkled effect is in keeping with some of the textures displayed on the plant matter I collected.

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More experiments of bias-stitched patchwork, including some hand stitching to suggest that the fabric has been repaired.  To salvage, to repair and to heal are qualities I am also looking for ways of expressing, particularly in relation to the meaning of beauty and femininity.

As well as developing ideas for fabrics suitable for clothing, I am also experimenting with ideas for accessories and also embellishments (I love the word embellishment!) to use as decorations for garments.  I added some gathers to this piece of patchwork, which helped to create a three-dimensional floral shape.

I am really excited by the potential of combining different fabrics and investigating their response to bias-stitching.  I feel that the ability to control the distortion  and therefore the form of the material, suggests many applications.  I am also happy that  this technique is suitable for suggesting the ravages of time.

I would like to explore other textile techniques, also in relation to this theme;  such as crochet and hand embroidery and perhaps some felt making too.  Therefore, I will need to consider how these other crafts can combine with the twisting and meandering of the bias-stitched fabric to create  materials and ultimately garments and accessories.

Lourdes x