Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Letter a Week (ALaW) 7

Things are ticking along quite well and I continue to be inspired and challenged to go make some letters.  This is quite different to my others.  I wanted to work on fabric; and I chose this piece of rusted organza for starters.  I rusted it early last year by wrapping it around rusted items, wrapping it up tight, submerging it in white vinegar and leaving in the sun for 2-3 weeks. Requires patience to avoid 'peeping'.

I then wrote a letter and traced it onto the fabric and stitched around the outside of the letter.  I wanted to try using metallic thread as well - quite a challenge on fine delicate fabric, but fun.  I first of all tried two out of the six strands and it went wild, so I reverted to one strand (which was actually two very fine ones wound together).  It worked quite well but bounced around a fair bit.

I then covered a piece of mat board with calico and wound the remaining gold thread strands around that, then covered it over the top with the rusted fabric and embroidered letter. Phew!

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