Friday, 12 July 2013

Fine Felts and Silk Papers

On the 29th of June, Birmingham Embroiderers Guild welcomed Bailey Curtis to lead a dayschool on fine felts and silk papers.

Bailey brought with her a sample of her embroidery where she had combined felt, silk paper nad machine stitching to great effect.

Bailey Curtis Dayschool Pictures 7

Bailey Curtis Dayschool Pictures 7

Bailey showed us lots of techniques, including how to separate and dye mawata silk caps, leading to some gorgeous colours.

Teasing out the caps:

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In the dye bath:

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Some finished caps:

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We also dyed some other fibres, including throwsters waste, and then incorporated our dyed throwsters waste into some felt:

Bailey Curtis Dayschool photos

Rolling the felt was quite hard work:

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But the end results were very nice:

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We made silk paper, both exploiting the properties of gummed silk:

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And using wallpaper paste on ungummed, dyed silk:

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We also experimented with nuno felting:

Bailey Curtis Dayschool photos

All in all, a good fun day was had by all:

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