Saturday, 12 July 2014

Silk Products and New Projects

Mussel Shells

This project involved embroidering the mussel shells with my hand dyed handspun Mulberry Silk threads. This was worked on fabric and cut out.  The background which represents the sand, is an openweave curtain fabric which I painted with a sparkly fabric paint.  However when I set it with the iron, the glitter went everywhere, so I had to paint it again with a pearl fabric paint. On top of that is a piece of grey/white silk paper which I wrinkled up to make the texture of the sea.  Grey organza fabric and spun silk waste thread give a realistic look.  The mussels are on top of a piece of black silk paper which is stuffed and stitched to give a rock like appearance.  Silk ribbon, beads and sequins add glimmer and shine  As usual the photo doesn't do justice to all the textures.
I enjoyed making this project and am now working on a sea scape.


Slouchy Hats

I have been making these Crochet Slouchy Hats.  I wanted to use up some of the handspun wool, but not sure if I see any progress in that.  Still they have been interesting to make with all the colours appearing at random
 

Silk Products in the Shop

 

Silk Rods

These can be stitched, beaded, made to look like bark, split and used in felting and have so many other uses where you need texture

Twisted Sari Silk Fabric Yarn

I have used these for vines by couching them on.  They are made from the actual Sari Silk Fabric and twisted like  a thick yarn
 

Sari Silk Fabric Strips

These are really versatile.  I have used them to stitch onto fabric in strips top make a bag.  they could be woven in and out and stitched, ruched up and made into a flower. 

Silk Cocoons

The uses for these are varied as with all the silk products.  They are often cut and stitched onto fabric, but I have made tassels with them.  I have seen earrings as well


Silk Waste Fibre

A lovely shiny fibre which can be used in felting and in silk paper.  I have spun it thick & thin for the waves in the Mussel picture

Sari Silk Yarn

Once again a thick yarn which can be couched onto fabric for textures and can also be knitted
 
I enjoy working with the silk fibre and products a there are so many ways they can be used.
I love the intensity of the colours and find silk gives a finish that no other fibre or yarn can give
 
I will show you the seascape next post
Jan