Thursday, January 18, 2007
A cream page
This is the page I have just finished for a swap with the FAF group. Carol has chosen Just Creamy as her book subject. It was very difficult to photograph. I have never before designed anything just using cream, but I enjoyed the challenge. We are also experimenting with paper and fabric combined and I decided to use the combination when making this page.
The base is cream felt which was originally white. I did an online course with Maggie Grey and in one of the modules, Maggie suggested we could put white felt in the oven until it turned a lovely creamy colour. You have to watch it very carefully.
This felt turned a beautiful caramel colour.
The inspiration for the piece is Victorian. I stitched into scrunched up computer paper dyed with teabags. I blended this onto the felt using strips of cream organza and various strips of fabrics with the embellisher. I used two types of cream lace and embellished one edge only. I also used the embellisher fairly lightly along the centre of the strips of organza to make it more textured.
I stitched buttonlike beads in a row reminiscent of the Victorian love of tiny buttons on dresses and boots. Then I stitched a row of herringbone imitating the lacing of the corsts.