Art with My Needle Week ~ Week 8

Continuing with the theme of shells I have picked a different one this week.

View side on.

Looking into the shell

A view from the closed end of the shell.

Three drawings from different angles.

Colour study of two of the views above.

Beginning with the end of the shell, it brought Suffolk Puffs to mind, no they are not little cakes, but the little needlework puffs often used in patchwork.

Having tried several fabric varieties I settled on a vertion made with cold water soluble fabric.  When using dissolving fabric it is important to have a base of connecting and overlapping threads otherwise the work will fall apart.  In the picture above is a lacy puff before it was stiffened with a sugar starch.

My aim was to make a little basket as in the drawing above the Suffolk Puff above.

The front and back of the basket were both the same.  A circular disk covered in a very fine voile was used to line the Suffolk Puff of machine joined threads.  Carefully each loop was stiffened with sugar starch and worked into shape with pins before leaving on baking parchment for 24 hours to allow it to set and dry.  A handle was made in the same way and it was also stiffened before sewing to form the base sides and handle of the basket.

Side view.

I have said before that very often I see the finished item in my head before I try to work out a design.  There are times when the creative juices flow and the work comes together quickly, while at other times the project takes off on a completely different tangent and looks nothing like the original idea.  This time it worked out pretty close or better than my first thoughts.

Next week I have another surprise that had the same shell for inspirartion.

6 thoughts on “Art with My Needle Week ~ Week 8

  1. Baino

    I love the way you take us through the creative process. I’ve seen this done so many times when Clare was studying her degree in graphic design.

  2. Grannymar Post author

    Ramana – My head is unique. 🙄 Just as well it is a one off!

    Cathy – I never enjoyed the art element of the course. I found it difficult to put my ideas into words.

    Baino – Some of the girls on that course had already been to Art College, their work was amazing.

  3. Magpie11

    I make no comment on the creative work…except…i could never do it! this coincidence or what? Today I have had two communications from ladies that are based around the Fibonacci Spiral

    Is the Universe trying to tell me something? Mind you the first communication was well and truly wacky…something about the end of the world at the end of a Fibonacci Spiral on Dec 21st 2012…or is it the beginning….

  4. Grannymar Post author

    Magpie, If the ‘the first communication was well and truly wacky…’, does that mean that I am only half wacky? 🙄

    When I was young, there was a man who walked the streets of Dublin wearing a Sandwich board declaring the world was about to end! 40+ years later the world is still here and so am I….. I wonder where he is?


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