Exploring ways of creating lacy designs by making holes. First, cut paper to show positive and negative shapes based on the same motif as I used for chapter 3.
Sample 1 Grid stitched on layers of synthetic fabrics and then shapes burnt away with a stencil cutter.
Sample 2 This time the shape was stitched onto white satin and burnt away before the grid was stitched.
Sample 3 organza backed with an adhesive stabiliser, which was left in place, freely stitched and the area around the motif partly burnt away. Leaving the stabiliser in makes it firm enough to keep its shape and I rather like the papery, slightly singed look.
Sample 4 creating shapes with holes, two layers of organza bonded together with threads trapped between them. On the left, punched holes, on the right burnt with a woodburning tool and stencil cuttter, which gives more variety.
Sample 5 Slashing - 10 layers of scrim stitched together with a grid, slashed and rubbed to create texture.
Sample 6 slashing around a shape on five layers of muslin.