Denim and Wool

I have been working with (old) denim since January. I love the texture and tones. It feels good in my hands. I also love the way wool feels. Thus, I decided to make a composition with both.

I machine stitched and hand stitched and painted with a stencil. This piece is made with black and indigo denim (some color removed) and wool.

I haven’t decided which orientation to use. I contemplating it as art…..should it be mounted on canvas? should it go on a garment? should it become the front of a bag?

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7 x 14″

    I  enjoyed the gradual development. I think it is almost done.

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Good blogs to follow that relate to hand sewing

Entwinements is Karren Brito’s blog. She shares cool information. She does spinning, weaving and dying

Hank & Spool is Christine Mauersberger’s website and blog. I purchased some fabulous linen thread from her.

Sprit Cloth is Jude Hill’s website and blog. I have been following her for about eight years. She writes a brief post daily. Her writing style is poetic.

Today there is an outstanding article in USA Today. I belong to Contemporary Art Quilts and we will be exhibiting at two of the locations this year. Title: 10 Best places to see amazing quilts.

 

 

Making Bags

I am hooked on making bags from old denim; all colors. Indigo, black and white. I started making them for Christmas presents for each of my three grandchildren. Since December 2013, I have made (including theirs) six with number 7 half done. I am amazed how different each one is.

I have been wanting to post about this but….I am concerned about copying.

NOTICE: PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY OF MY PHOTOS TO PINTEREST

What I am making is UNIQUE. Thus, I am showing close ups of the stitching rather than the whole bag.

I am focusing on the design elements and dynamic qualities rather than the style. .

Denim bag #3

Denim bag #3

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This bag is made with old blue jeans.

Embellished with yo-yo’s, lace, velvet insert, appliques and buttons.

The color is first removed with bleach to make  each piece have variations  I was surprised to learn how different jeans produce different colors.

Some of the seams are machine stitched (finished seams) while other sections are overlapped and top stitched (frayed edges).

The denim is painted with acrylic paints using stencils and stamps. Some purchased some I made.

The hand stitching really makes the bag have a rich character accenting some of the painted shapes as will as features.

The recipients have been totally blown away with the finished bag.

I made one of the seven bags for myself. I take it everywhere. It is fabulous and feels more like a garment.

I will show each bag in a separate post over the rest of the week.

In the mean time….I really like this