Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday's Textile Art

Welcome!  A new feature here  on Tuesdays:  Tuesday's Textile Art!  

Fray!  Fray to your heart's delight!

Part of my previously utilitarian persona was to have all loose ends tied up!  You know the old saying: "Everything in it's place and a place for everything".  In my sewing, this took the form of finished seams, and a tailored finish.  But, in allowing my inner creativity to emerge, I experimented with letting the ends stay loose! Even fraying them for a new effect!

Making this wrist cuff from an easily frayed satin fabric was a new venture for me.  And it is not cut on the straight grain of the fabric, either, as you can plainly see in the next photo.  Sewing students were always taught  to cut our pattern pieces on the straight grain of the fabric, unless we wanted to get stretch in our particular project.  But when one is doing art, textile art, especially a small venue project like a cuff that is quilted and stitched everywhere, one does not have to worry about the fabric stretching.  You can use the cross grain to enhance the fray process!  What fun breaking 'out of the box'!

I have had many comments on this cuff, since I added it to my shop.  You can see more pictures here.

What have you done creatively lately, that breaks all the rules and breaks "out of the box"?

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Oooohhhh! Pretty! I like the frayed edges. I did that on my denim purse, too.