Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Holey Cuff.

A few weeks ago I was intrigued by a cuff that Iz showed on her blog that she'd made on water soluble fabric so I decided to buy the book she'd mentioned (Dissolvable Delights by Maggie Grey) and have a go myself. 

I used a thread pack from Stef Francis and randomly machine stitched velour ribbon onto the surface, wrapped pipe cleaners with a rayon ribbon and stitched them on before adding beads, lots of beads (far more than I'd intended!)

Ready to have the background fabric dissolved.

It was a nervous experience dissolving the fabric as I wasn't sure it would all hold together, I was half expecting a pile of bits in the bottom of the bowl, but all was ok.

After dissolving the background fabric.

I think it probably should have had more pipe cleaners on it going across the short way as it hasn't held its shape brilliantly, but I'm quite pleased with it as a first attempt stitching on dissolvable fabric


















As well as being unique it reflects my fascination with holes and the shapes they create (I'm not sure what that says about me though!).

Who'd have thought that pipe cleaners could end up so pretty!

16 comments:

jenny tidman said...

Just beautiful. x

Poshyarns said...

Oh my, it's so exquisite, a million miles from the usual pipe cleaner crafts.

dottycookie said...

Ooh, that's really clever. I wouldn't have know there were pipecleaners of you hadn't said so!

Julie said...

It's beautiful Su. Well done for being brave in the washing out department :-)

Marian Hertzog said...

Very pretty! I love the texture!

Maggie said...

So pretty. I admire anyone who can make such lovely things, the skill and artistic eye.
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Jo said...

Brilliant. I saw the water soluble fabric being used on a tv programme and thought how clever it was, I'd never heard of it before.

freesias said...

Brilliant idea, I made a bowl using this stuff, using yorts and not washing all the goo out..it stays quite stiff then.

Miriam Weaver said...

I have used water soluble film quiet a few times, always a worry after all that stitching, will it fall apart when you put the water on it!!!! Well done you, I see Maggie Grey has linked your blog on her facebook.

Toffeeapple said...

Crikey, that is exciting! Love the cuff, very individual.

Fran Hillman said...

Very classy! X

Iz said...

Fantastic! I love it - better than mine, much more lacy and delicate!

crafty cat corner said...

I'm loving this, must take a look at the book, never tried this before.
thanks for showing.
Briony
x

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

Oh this is just beautiful, isn't Iz inspiring, trying it first so we have the courage! Love those foxgloves below - they were the first flower that came after we built our house - I adore them & was devastated when on one gardening job (that I used to do) I was asked to get rid of them all from their garden! Happy Belated Birthday :)

Anna said...

Oh now that's most special Su - once again I'm in awe of your imagination and creative skills.

Maneki said...

What a lovely bracelet! Really like the colours and design.