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Friday, January 6, 2012

The rest of the braids

I had played around with interweaving cut paper braids in chapter 3 and now wanted to do this in fabric form.  I didn't have a computerized machine which allowed me to automatically stitch patterns to a reasonable scale so I cut my own from Kunin felt.  A bit boring in black, I collaged fragments of synthetic organza on top of the felt using bondaweb free machined the braid outlines copying somewhat the previous paper braids I'd used.  You can just see the stitching outlines in the photo.

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I then cut out the braids using a soldering iron along with some hollow shapes for good measure.  Yes, I know, those gumnuts again!

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I started to play around with these, interweaving them to give some interesting braids:

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Mixing in some of the other stitched braids

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Below are some of the braids presented on some of the stencilled and stamped backgrounds that I previously prepared.  I've tried to go with repeating shapes and patterns as well as colour similarities.

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5 comments:

sharon young said...

Fantastic braids, I really like the way you've woven them together, you could make a lovely belt.
Many thanks for dropping in on my blog it was great to see you there.

Max the Lobster said...

oh wow Helen! these are fantastic. steaming ahead!

Gilli said...

YOU ARE JUST TOO GOOD AT THIS GIRL! ;-)

Karen said...

Oh Fantastic Braids, they look amazing
I'd love to invite you to our new interactive Fibre Forum. Its a great place to learn and share so i'll put up the link for you but no pressure at all. It would be great to see you there though :)

http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/index.cgi?

ferinn said...

Wow,what an incredible amount of work.I especially like the oversize braids.