Katherine's Dabblings


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A gift for

Nicks birthday. Both are projects that I found in a book called "The Art of Stitching on Metal". Thankfully, I confessed this to Nicks as it turns out she has the same book! Lol! The dish is 3 different types of copper that have been heat treated and woven together. The woven piece is then placed on Kunin felt with a piece of chiffon over the top.





The whole lot is stitched together on a sewing machine and then heat distressed with a heat gun. The felt melts to give a lacy pattern and the chiffon melts away. You can distress as much or as little as you like. Whilst the metal is still warm, you bend and pinch the sides to give the dish its shape.



This may look easy but it was an absolute nightmare trying to hold it all together whilst getting an old temperamental sewing machine to do it's stuff! I did have plastic pegs holding the weave in place but decided to try and change the colour of the copper with my heat gun. That didn't work and it bonded the plastic peg with the silk and copper mesh. Blood, sweat and tears this project cost me! Lol!

The seed pod gift bag is a piece of thick silk edged with a decorative fibre with copper mesh on top. There are two larger outer pieces and two smaller inner pieces. Shaped and tied with the decorative fibre.









7 comments :

DF - Heidi said...

HOLY CRAPS THESE ARE TOTALLY AND UTTERLY MIND BLOWING AWESOME

Nicks said...

FOR ONCE HEIDI I AGREE WITH YOU AND THEY ARE MINE ALL MINE

WHY ARE WE SHOUTING??

Thank you Katherine for the awesome presents and your blood sweat and tears, I will always treasure them.... and if the lucky charm brings me luck I will share the profits LOL

Anonymous said...

No words to describe how I feel about this. Just to say I am glad I haven't made her anything LOL No way could I match this !
Sparkles

Agnes the Red said...

What a lucky gal Nicks is! These are amazing pices of art Katherine. Have been thinking about getting that book for a while....looks like a definate must have now!

fuchsia said...

Absolutely fantastic Katherine well done you xxxxxx

Nicks said...

just updating..

sorry the lucky charm didn't bring me luck so no shares, sorry!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Awesome!