I attended a class today where we made cards using pieces of silk, tyvek and a little stitching. Our teacher, Alice, was one of the founding members of the Castlemaine Embroiderer’s Guild, a past art and textiles teacher from Melbourne, an extraordinary needlewoman in both traditional and contemporary styles, and all round generous person who gladly shares her knowledge and skills.
The rocks on the cards were made by painting tyvek with silk paints, and in some cases adding Expandaprint to create textures similar to moss or lichen, then covering the tyvek with baking parchment, and heating carefully with an iron until it shrivels a little.
The following photos are of the painted tyvek rocks before and after heating. Shrinkage is about 50 %, and results seem to be better if there are additonal small cuts made around the edge prior to heating, as this enables the tyvek to move mor
These are samples of the silks used to create the landscapes.
And these are the cards – the first couple are class samples by Alice, and the remainder by the other ladies.
A work in progress……layering silk onto interfacing.
Lastly……mine. They are all only 7 cms square.