The Daily Muse – We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)
Why a Fiber Art Thread Bowl is a good creative outlet.
You know all those bit of threads and fibers you have left over from other projects? Let’s not waste them. Turn them into decorative bowls you can embellish and decorate. Cheap and easy. All you might need to buy is the dissolvable film. I will be making a multi colored one but you can stick to any color scheme the floats your boat. Fall, Christmas, school colors etc.
Supplies I use:
-A dissolvable film such as Aquafilm, Solvy which can be found most quilt shops or Joann’s
-Lots of leftover threads and thin fibers. Even some little bits of fabrics chopped up like confetti and Angelina fibers
-A clear plastic machine foot. Plastic will slide around best. I use #29 on my Bernina.
-A small bowl to shape the fibers around or in.
1-Start by cutting a manageable size of film. About a 12″ square should do, or a little larger than your bowl.
2-Lay the threads down all over and cover the square.
http://stellarthreadsjulie.com/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=146&type=image&TB_iframe=13-Lay down another piece of film to cover the thread and pin all around.
Carefully pick it up and take it to your machine. Load your top and bobbin threads with something pretty. Drop your feed dogs, put your stitch length to zero. The trick to this as in machine quilting is move the fabric slowly but the machine at a faster pace. Make sure you are first sewing a grid so that you connect all the lines and then swirl all around. Otherwise it will fall apart when we rinse it. Once you have your grid done and it looks like graph paper you can move inside the little squares and connect them to the grid.
4-When you are done take it to the sink and rinse it under warm running water. It will be very sticky. The more you rinse the less firm the bowl will be. Mold it around or in the bowl and wait for it to dry.
Overnight should do. Embellishing the bowl is the next step if you’d like. Sew on some beads and buttons and/or charms. Make it yours.
So my question for you today is-What are you passionate about??