Monday, 14 May 2012

Back to the Scrap Bag

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There are still lots of scraps left in that one small bag. I have been back to it and chosen some hand dyed scraps and pulled out some leftover pieces of wadding.

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I know not all of you will have an needle felter/embellisher machine but it is my latest toy and I enjoy playing with it. If you don't have one there are lots of ideas for creating backgrounds with strips here.

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Using the embellisher is a great way of creating backgrounds and using up scraps really quickly.

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You just have to be careful about which fabrics you use. I had planned to add this piece of commercial fabric but I could tell that the needles were not happy by the noise they were making. When it is noisy it is best to stop before the needles break!
Back to the hand dyes!

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Three backgrounds prepared in under an hour!
What to do next?

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P.S. Thank you to everyone who came to my workshop at Busy Bees on Saturday. I was so engrossed in what we were doing I forgot to take any photos. It was a good day which was thankfully not hindered by the fact that the crate I was carrying the paint bottles in collapsed on my way in! No paint spilt at all! :)

5 comments:

  1. I had a play day at my sewing group a few weeks ago where one of the ladies and I brought in our embellishers to demonstrate. There were a few gasps of shock horror at me using wadding scraps as a base. Sometimes purists need to get out more!! lol

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  2. Great idea ! I even went back to your older post - great things to try ;-)) thanks for taking the time and putting it all together ;-))

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  3. That is a nice idea, maybe just cotton fabrics, would think the needles would be tough to pierce on synthetics.

    Debbie

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  4. Wonderful! I love what you did! I have an attachment for my Bernina... but sadly, do not have it 'out' where I can think of using it! I must do that...

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  5. I had a nice day on Saturday playing with you Deborah! And went home surprisingly clean for a painting day! LOL!

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