Friday, October 24, 2008

Melt down (in more ways than one!)

Yesterday evening I went to switch my sewing machine on and nothing, zilch, zippo. It just won't power up. I tried changing the fuse still nothing, so it will have to go in for repair.

Had a moment of panic and then decided to breath and get my old machine from it's hiding place at the back of the cupboard. It will take a bit of getting used to as it's really basic, but it will allow me to keep working on some of the things I have in progress until my regular machine is fixed.

Here is something I did managed to get done the other day before the machine failure. A set of postcards for a 'layers' swap. I had loads of fun with these. I tried out a burning technique which I know is old news for many fiber artists but something I'd not tried before. First I tore some strips of cotton, over layed these with some organza and went to town with some loopy FME. Then it was out with the heat gun (I've had mine for ages from when I used to do a lot of card making and rubber stamping) for some melting fun. Well you may have figured by now that I love my hand stitching so finally a layer of fly stitch. I had four cards to make and I made the background all in one and then sliced it up, something else I'd not done before I usually make my cards individually. I think overall I prefer the individual way, but for some techniques like this it really would not make sense to make all the backgrounds one at a time.

Finally I couldn't resist sharing this picture of a part finished card sitting in the window. I love how the light changes the colours in the organza.

6 comments:

ANNA said...

Your postcards are beautiful - absolutely beautiful!!

Vicki W said...

Very cool psotcards! Do you know what's wrong with your machine? Maybe there's a new one in your future!!!

StegArt said...

I love your results. I think it's the different colors I see peeking through after you took the heat gun to it.

Quilt Pixie said...

may be "old" technique, but I appreciate the step by step and having been reminded may have to go play with organza and my heat gun....

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely effect. Makes for some lovely postcards

paulahewitt said...

beautiful. shame about the machine - Christmas is soon