Saturday, June 4, 2011

Under The Sea Fantasy - Silk Fusion

My dear hubby and I got back from Key West 2 weeks ago. Yep had a fabulous vacation. I was very inspired and had always wanted to do an undersea piece so I did it in silk fusion over Tissuetex. Boy shells were very inexpensive to buy there, already holed for beading; as opposed to my local bead shop where they are $.25 each. So here's a couple pics of what I made. The first 3 pics are of the entire piece -- the first one on the window so you can see the fibers, stitching and translucence. The 2nd pic is semi-translucent and the 3rd pic has no lighting from underneath...only on top.




These next 3 pics show details of the corners:

left bottom

right bottom

right top

Here's how I made it in brief:
- I dye-painted a sheet of Tissuetex for the back - for hanging strength
- I made silk paper (silk fusion) out of many different kinds of dyed silk and banana fiber
- When dry I free-motion stitched wavy and circular patterns across the piece
- I also made cording from silk and other materials and stitched this down
- I machine embroidered many elements onto water-soluble backing. When the stabilizer was dissolved and the items were dry, I stitched them into the picture with monofiliment thread. Included are the clown fish, the two koi together, 3 differently colored pieces of coral, fisherman's netting, a starfish, a little colorful fish, a seahorse, and my favorite -- a school of jellyfish.
- I finished it off with shells, beads, and some hand embroidery with silk thread.

It was an entire week's work, but worth it. Hope you like it -- I sure do!

Dyeing lots of Silk

I know lots of you other fiber artists are doing the same that the weather is decent we can get outdoors and dye, dye, dye! I spent the last week dyeing 30 silk pillowcases, about 100 yds of silk ribbons and somewhere near 10 yds of different silk fabric. Here are some of the results.


All of these silk pillowcases in fabulous colors are available for purchase on my ArtFire storefront. Every woman should have a silk pillowcase! Just click on the link to my store in the right-hand column.