Creating lace effects by removing the background and by joining small shapes. I have grouped the samples here by inspiration rather than the order of making, (with a 2p coin for scale) and I decided to stay mainly working with white. The photographs are ones I gathered as part of module 1 work and have referred to before, some converted to black and white to emphasis the patterns of lines.
Clockwise from top left – the photograph is the old Sevalco plant in Severnside
- trails from hot glue gun forming a grid, coloured with gold and black acrylic paint.
- stitching on dissolvable background using built-in stitches (some layered on top of each other) combining the grid with arcs taken from the bell movements in photo 3. To be honest, the arcs have lost their curves. they could have done with more anchoring.
- Grid stitched on zeelon (a new one to me, a non-woven material from the makers of lutradur etc but much thinner and softer, it drapes like fabric) with some filled in areas, cut out with a stencil cutter.
- trails from a hot glue gun join up spare clock hands (left over from making Cogitation).
- snippets of thread were trapped between layers of zeelon, then shapes outlined by machine, cut out and rejoined with machine stitching.
lines of machine stitching using built in patterns on soluble paper – a few areas filled in with patterns of stitching.
- left – machine stitching on soluble paper
- right – three layers stitched separately on solusheet dissolvable using different thicknesses of thread and layers of built-in patterns on top of each other.
Patterns taken directly from the needlace design drawn in chapter 1 – clockwise from top left
- heavy free machining on vanishing muslin. This should have burnt off with an iron (and has before) but proved very stubborn this time. the scorch marks are where I was a bit heavy handed with the heat gun.
- same again on zeelon cut out with a stencil cutter – much lighter stitching supported by the outer border.
- glue gun trails.
Three samples that don’t really fit with the others
- left - joining scraps of paper with machine stitching across the gaps. The scraps are from the setting up instructions for a computer. I have just thought that I ought to have made more of the content – eg turning it into a flowchart, making a line to follow – so I will have another look at this one.
- right – trailing glue onto greaseproof paper leaves a definite right and wrong side as the back is flat, so to get around this I tried drawing with the hot glue gun into a dish of cold water. It solidifies as soon as it hits the water and makes more delicate, rounded lines. However, it tends to swirl and rotate so I couldn’t control it enough to make a planned pattern, but I like the random creations.