My favorite ways to embellish my Fiber art.
There are so many ways to embellish your textile pieces. Sometimes, after what I think is a finished piece, I’ll stand back and look at it. I can see that there is something missing, that little oomph just is not there. That’s when I turn to my little bag of embellishment tricks, and for me, more is better. Let me show you some of my favorites.
If you’ve had a chance to read the ABOUT ME tab you know that my sweetie is an amateur astronomer. We go to several Star Parties a year all over the country, where I get a lot of my inspiration. Most of the astronomers are men, very nice but a tad on the geeky side. 🙂 What is wonderful about them is their willingness to share their knowledge to inspire folks to be interested in the stars. Even more than that, they are so proud to show off their astro photos. For copyright reasons, I have used the Hubble Telescope photos for my personal inspiration rather than theirs to embellish my artwork.
To get the effect of a shimmering galaxy or nebula, I embellish with Angelina fibers which are polyester based.
These fibers are melded together by using a gentle heat. Choose some colors that float your boat and place them between a paper towel or teflon pressing sheet. You can arrange them thickly or thinly depending on your desired effect but do spread them out a bit. Fold the towel or sheet over so that they are sandwiched between and gently press for just a few seconds on a medium setting. If you press for too long or on too high a heat the fibers will loose their shine. If the iron is not hot enough they won’t meld. Go figure!
What you will get is an actual piece of fabric. It can be sewn on, folded, cut into shapes and many other manipulations. The variety of colors is amazing as are the combinations. They are even washable so they are perfect for wearables.
Here is a piece that was inspired by the Hubble Telescope photos. First, I placed some silk roving between 2 sheets of soluble stabilizer just like I did in my Fiber Bowl Tutorial Post. On top of that I put down some threads, then the other piece of stabilizer. I free motion sewed around it with complimentary threads in upper and lower bobbin. I then washed out the stabilizer, let it dry and applied it to the black background fabric with the same thread.
I later added some beads to a small piece of silk which is another one of my favorites tools to embellish.
The possibilities are endless. Hope you enjoyed this. Thanks for visiting.
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