Recently, along with two pals.....I did some ice dyeing.......Instead of using traditional woven cottons, I experimented with other fabrics. This piece is wool....good quality white wool left over from a garment project years ago. Not all wool will felt, even if it's 100% wool. This one didn't so I decided to see how it would take dye and then...what I could do with it.
Happily, the results were pleasing Now...what to do?? It's quite flimsy so adding an agate slice as the design focal may not be smart. But, what the heck...I like a challenge!
I stabilized the wool with Pellon's lightweight, non-fusible interfacing....before fusing a rectangle of hand dyed gauze, outlined with hand stitching.
To provide more stability, machine stitched lines about 1/4" apart where sewn. Next, the agate was secured to the layers using a Peyote stitch. (If you are planning to attend the AQS show in Phoenix, Feb. 2014....this technique is the focus of one of my workshops.)
At this point, the design was a bit lacking/lonely, so some hand embroidery and a few more beads were added.
Despite my two stabilizing tricks, the weight of this rather large agate was still a concern. So instead of finishing with a facing as planned, I mounted it on a yellow batik covered canvas frame.
Seriously, my fingers are still sore from hand tacking the layers together. Quality construction is a high priority since my work is for sale! The process was necessary, otherwise the agate could have looked like one large Double DD saggie boobie!
Additionally, and it's unfortunate that I hadn't thought of it earlier....I decided to add more beads trailing from the top of the piece to the agate. Believe me....this was no easy chore because of the wood framework. I'm glad I did though!
EARLY MORNING DAWN 8" X 10"
Artist ice dyed wool, bead embellished agate, hand embroidered,
mounted on a 3/4" deep frame.