I've just joined my first swap with Fibre Art Traders and will be sending these three pincushions to three members around the world in return for three pincushions from another three members. Does that sound complicated? It isn't really.
I had fun making these but I wish I'd been a bit more adventurous as some of the other pincushions in the trade are beautiful and very imaginative. I have to post (mail) mine, once my partners have been assigned, by Friday and then I just wait for the postman to call.
I fell out with my sewing machine the other day - free machining and I are not getting on so far. But, yesterday I went back to straight stitching and had fun with the fibre I fused a couple of weeks ago. So far I have machined a grid onto it and I am planning to use the hot gun and/or soldering iron on it to burn back the top layer and expose the layers beneath. I'm not sure whether I will get any more done to it this weeks as we have 2 hospital visits to make with my poor DH - just for tests but neither will be very pleasant.
A few days ago I blogged about some projects I had started. One of them uses the foils I bought from Fibreinform and as I'm too impatient to wait I'll let you have a look at the WIP now
The effect is sumptuous and I have yet to decide what I am going to make it into. I have taken a synthetic velvet and bonded to it a sheet of Bondaweb painted with an acrylic metallic paint, then I sandwiched angelina fibres on top of the Bondaweb with organza. I have now stitched the organza down with a gold metallic thread and am waiting for some inspiration to help me to proceed. The idea came from
I've painted some more layers on my fabric paper but I can't show that as it's drying out in my studio so I'll post it later.