Have you ever looked through your stash and wondered ‘Why did I buy this?’
I have been trying to incorporate bits and pieces into my work as you can see in my Bits and Bobs posts. So last week whilst visiting my Mam she decided to have a look through her stash and produced a bag of felted blanket pieces, well when I say pieces I really mean a bag of tiny scraps that resembled floor sweepings:
The question was asked – ‘why did you buy that?’ Truthfully my mother did not have a clue.
We are frequently drawn towards fabrics through their colours and textures and this little bag of scraps obviously appealed so much to my mother that she was compelled to make a purchase. They have been in her stash cupboard for a few years. We emptied the content of the bag and I laughed at the tiny pieces of scrap fabric that had tempted her to hand over her cash. At this point she challenged me to take them away and do something with them.
Within my current workI have been using small pieces of neutral fabric to produce background fabrics for my embroideries therefore I decided to try to use these in a similar way. The fabrics were varying thicknesses but most were dense as some had been felted. The fabric pieces were closely placed together on a backing fabric, I used free machine embroidery to secure these in place.
I was pleasantly surprised with the end result and I now had a textured and rugged surface to work on.
This background screamed out for a sumptuous addition, amongst my stash I found a piece of my hand dyed silk velvet – perfect
I applied silk velvet flowers onto the rugged background with free machine embroidery and these are completed using hand embroidered french knots. Foliage is added with silk fabric, heavy hand dyed yarn and hand painted silks that are machine embroidered in place.
I was so pleased with he end result I have created another two to make a trio statement.
So we ash the question again Stash or Trash? You decide.
I am off to see what other treasures I can find lurking in the corners of cupboards and drawers……..