Patti Armstrong, a fellow OHCG teacher and the workshop leader, is allergic to wool so has been ahead of most of the rest of us on the curve of fiber experimentation. She did an amazing job of showing us her binder full of results that could be achieved using all manner of interesting things - including bubble wrap, candy wrappers, garbage bags, the net from body scrubbers and many other amazing fibers.
I had decided to create something functional and do a "jeanius bag" front. Some of the fibers used wouldn't suit a hot plate or a mat on any surface, so carrying it around will be much more fun. Oh, the conversations it will start.....
Here are the results. I have labeled a few of the materials that I used in this piece. If you click to enlarge, you can see what is in there.
I took pictures of the rest of the pieces on my iphone - I have not labeled them, but suffice to say that there was lots of sparkly bits, bathing suit fabrics, quilting bias tape, gift wrap, the Grab-it sheets that go in the wash to prevent colours from running, the mesh tape you use to hold up plants, ribbon, velour, etc. etc. I have made a few notes under each picture.
And as Patti said, if you can cut it into strips, you can hook with it. Look how amazing these are:
Anne's Mexican pattern will be ripe with textures when she is done. The plant next to the cactus in the foreground is made from brown plastic bag.
Barb's foreground in her landscape is a monochromatic exploration in a multitude of fibers, including ribbon and roving to make the flowers.
|Jennifer's geometric has lots of texture and already looks like an antique.|
|Viv's geometric also has segmented areas for exploration. Look at the calico cotton she is using in the wedge at the top.|
Thanks Patti for being our sherpa on our big adventure.