Chapter 4 – Fastenings

It’s fun making cords and I can see that you could use them in a practical way to tie things, eg books, bags etc, but also in  a purely decorative way, as a bookmark, an edging or simply to enhance the look of the object.  Braids too can be used in the same way.  Here you are letting the yarn or fabric used to be visible as an integral part of the design.

It ws easy enough to make roun d or oval beads using the wet felting methods, but flat beads worked better uding the embellisher – it was easier to get a flat surface which would then take stitch.  These are simple paper beads, but you could go further, embellishing them with yarns and beads twisted around.

I made this fabric on the embellisher some time ago and thought I would amke it into a little purse using two buttonholes as the fastening method.

Further experiments for backgrounds and edges

I was feeling a bit daunted and uninspired so I did some reading, in particular Maggie Grey’s books and did a bit more experimenting.  It’s amazing what you can do with nappy liners!

My first idea with the silk rods was to roll them up as an edging  and then stitch but it didn’t look right so I cut the ends in to triangles as shown below.

I think that distressing newspaper has great potential, it creates lovely texture.