Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Work...Architecture

I have been enjoying  using (playing with) my new sewing machine and the oodles of stitches it can do. I have had some encouragement from another happy Janome owner and pretty much took off with the ideas that were floating around in my head.

This piece is from a catalogue that arrived at home from a company called Travelsmith. They sell travel clothing and stuff like that (don't travel, but like the clothes.)

Anyway I was very impressed with the corridor of the Mosque that was on the cover so I ripped the cover off and saved it for future fabric creations. This is my interpretation of the exterior hallway section of the building.
I fused the pieces on then embellished them with different stitches.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Carol's Translate

Yes, it is the Material Maven's reveal day again!

So here's my Translation of Translate.

1. To render in another language.
2. To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform
3. To express in another medium.
I used these definitions of the word translate to create a necklace from fabric. I felt that it would be perfect to “translate” one medium into another. 
I started by using my NEW sewing machine and using some fancy-nancy stitches, created a "type" of heirloom background for the necklace.

The “buttons or beads” were made by using circle templates. Circles of different sizes were made and then combined to create each of the fourteen “beads” on my necklace. In between the large beads I used some small flat tourmaline beads that I just happened to have. I enjoyed doing this piece and found that it took on a life of its own that needed me to continue until I was done embellishing them with different glass seed beads.
So my translation is the idea of buttons changed to beads into a necklace out of fabric.