Thursday, May 22, 2008

2008 Weekly Mixed Media Project

Above is my 21st Weekly Mixed Media piece this year. Below is the back side

Here is how to create it. Position a strip of off-white pre-felted wool fleece vertically on a tan piece of wool felt fabric. On each side of the off-white, place a piece of fuschia pre-felted wool fleece, and place a piece of orange pre-felted fleece on each side of the fuschia. Then lay one piece of purple bridal netting, over the pieces of fleece. Place one piece of loosely spun brown wool yarn in the center on top of the netting, and another one at a 90 degree angle from first piece. Needle felt everything in place, from the top side down.

Place two strips of off-white pre-felted wool fleece horizontally across the now felted piece, above and below were the already in place purple netting. Needle punch them in place.

It will look similar to this.

Turn the piece over, and needle punch it from the bottom up.

On the front side, position the ribbed neck of a t-shirt in the center of the piece, and stitch it in place using a sewing machine and white thread.

Place four pieces of purple netting from the horizontal brown wool down, so they are on laying on top of the t-shirt neck. Needle felt them in place, through the wool felt section only. Don't needle punch through the t-shirt neck.

Using purple thread, zig-zag around and over the t-shirt neck (and the purple netting that overlaps the t-shirt neck). Repeat once again over lapping the neck, netting and the felt with the length of the zig-zag about an inch long. Then stitch straight lines from one end of the circle inside the t-shirt neck to the other. Rotate and repeat five more times.

The back side will look similar to this.

Using a pre-cut 6" template, position it so the t-shirt neck (circle) is off center. Use a pencil to mark the placement, and trim to size. Leave the extra purple netting, that's outside of the t-shirt neck circle, loose. There is no need to stitch in place, unless you want to.

You can see my 2008 weekly mixed media work (so far) on my website, and read about my process/progress here on my blog.