Secrets of the Sea 24cm x16cm
I find textiles quite compelling these days.
You need to look a bit closer and then I'll tell you what I did. (click on image)
For this piece I painted layers of garden fleece and ironed it in between baking parchment. The edges have been shaped with a soldering iron too. I added silk organza and then a mussel shell previously covered in gold leaf and a little 'secret' of threads was encapsulated (using running stitch) inside a 'bubble' (heated blasted) of polyester organza.
The whole thing was then free motion machined on to painted pelmet vilene. To finish I added a few seed stitches, loose threads and beads. The organza hiding the shell was pierced with a soldering iron to reveal the sparkle of the threads inside!
Phew! Well there we are. I think I'm hooked.