Nina's Textile Trail

My OCA Textile Tales

Part 3 Creating Shapes and Three-dimensional Forms – Project 6 Manipulating fabric – Stage 2 Developing ideas & Stage 3 Applied fabric techniques

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After sending off my last assignment and before receiving feedback which suggested that my samples should develop ideas, I experimented with Bondaweb, Soluvlies, Tyvek, Lutrador and Evolon.


Using a technique described in Kim Thittichai’s book, Layering Textiles, the fabric, two pieces of bondaweb (with the backing paper removed) and one piece of soluvlies are layered.  The sandwich is then stitched to hold it all together and to produce the required texture.  The top burgundy (left) and turquoise (right) were stitched in close parallel lines:


The other two were free machined randomly.


The stitched pieces were then steamed by hovering a steam iron just above the fabric.  The results were almost immediate.  I think the turquoise is the most effective.

Below various polyester organza, tulle & synthetic fabrics have been machined onto acrylic felt and then distressed with a heatgun.


This required a light touch so as no to destroy the fabrics completely with the heat gun.

The following (green page) was inspired by a piece by Doreen Woodrow, ‘Delicate Decay’ on page 66 of Layered Textiles by Kim Thittichai. Purchased hand-dyed scrim was sandwiched between two layers of soluvlies and free machined in circles then rinsed and squeezed in water to dissolve the soluvlies.   This was effective, especially like the undyed, individual circles.


Above (lilac page).  Coloured Evolon with disperse dyes, which were painted onto paper with wax resist, allowed to dry and ironed on in layers.


The following shows Tyvek painted with dye-na-flow and procion dye and Lutrador also coloured with dye-na-flow:


Cotton scrim free-machined in parallel lines sandwiched between baking paper and ironed from the the top and reverse to 55gm Tyvek to give different effects:


Covered cord and string couched to Tyvek, sandwiched between two sheets of baking paper, and ironed from the reverse.


Five layers of Tyvek painted both sides with procion dye and dye-na-flow, interleaved with 4 layers of polyester organza and tulle, laid on top of heavy weight sew in interfacing coloured with disperse dyes, free-machined in a leaf design using cotton thread and distressed with a heat gun.



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