I was wondering how far people experiment with their stitching - my sewing machine copes admirably with old drinks cans and plastics and I love stitching onto handmade paper, I am hoping you could share some inspirational moments with me. thanks :)
How about recycled tea bags dyed then stitched into ......I also fuse stuff in between clear plastic then stitch..I have stitched into thin copper but never into drinks cans so I am going to try ........What machine have you got ? Lorna
Modern (late 20th century) Japanese obi. I'd almost rather sew leather than this stuff, but it make magically beautiful bags. My son and I found a 1955 Singer at a garage sale last summer and thanks to the old solid metal (NO PLASTIC!) Singer construction, that baby sews right through the toughest, thickest obi I've got.
I have used baby wet wipes and also tumble drier sheets in my work and hobbies!
Also used Cd's.
They can be cut to shape like for example a heart shape. then painted, with a paint like Stewart Gill's then embossed with a medium next baked in an old toasting machine till soft and melted ( fused together)
With Baby wet wipes...wash the perfume out etc then dry, next make up some pva glue solution and paint on the wipes.
Allow to dry overnight. Then paint on them/cut out a shape/cut up fibres and scatter on the shape you have made.
Next step is to sprinkle embossing medium on the shape...then bake as above in toasting machine. ( take great care and use an object to remove the shape as gets very hot)
These lovely charms/shapes etc can be sewn through or used in jewelery making.