Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Bowl Like No Other

I thought I'd show you a bowl that I made a couple of weeks ago.  It's not like any other bowl (and it's also really hard to photograph!)

Silk Bowl - approx 21cm x 14cm

I made it by sandwiching silk fibres between water soluble fabric and then free motion stitching it - round and round at first to make the base and then out in lines towards the edges. 
Next I ran it all under a cold tap until the water soluble fabric had gone but some of the "stickiness" was left (word of warning, if you fancy doing this yourself then take your watch off first as the "stick" gets everywhere!). 
Then I squeezed most of the water out and molded it over a bowl to dry.

Silk Bowl - approx 21cm x 14cm

When it was dry I stitched a few seed beads on and painted round the top with fabric paint.  It's quite holey but is more rigid than it looks as when the stickiness dries it gives it some stability.

I love these silk fibres, I bought them last year at the Knitting and Stitching Show from Oliver Twists.  I also bought some more this year, including some undyed ones - my next challenge is to dye them using the microwave!


Helen-S said...

The bowl is gorgeous! It is something I have always meant to try, goodness knows whether I will ever have time tho' ;-) I have some of the lovely Oliver Twists silk fibres in dark red too, you have great taste!!

artymess said...

this is lovely i've never done this .......would love to have a go though......x

Maggie said...

Well I know this is something beyond my capabilities and imagination, so I am in awe of craftspeople like you, who have both. It's beautiful, so fragile looking, ethereal, love it.

Anna said...

A special and unique creation Su - you must be so pleased with it.

LaziDazi said...

Beautiful bowl - it reminds me of one of our favourite poppies.

Cottage Garden said...

Now that is a work of art! Very pretty Su. I love it.


Boxoftrix said...

Beautiful! I love working with soluble fabric, the possibilities are endless!

Ati. said...

How very special!