Saturday, June 6, 2009

Stitching and problems

Today I have been stitching my piece for the Designing Women entry in the WAFTA naturally exhibition later this year.

I layered rust-dyed habotai silk on rust-dyed cotton and stitched gum leaf shapes. I planned to cut away the silk back to the leaves, and cut away the cotton from the back so the leaves were translucent silk.

A problem has arisen. The silk is so thin and (probably) distressed with the rust that it is shattering and fraying as I remove the paper stabiliser. There are holes where I hoped there would be silk. I think I may need another layer of silk where the leaves are.

Here are two scanned views of parts of the piece.

Front (silk)

Back (cotton)

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