After much procrastination I finally came to a design idea. As I said in my previous post I need something to hang in the doorway of my studio, after measuring the opening I realised that I have a 1.2 metres wide and 2 metres high (approx 4ft x 61/2ft) space to fill, which is quite a large hole. I decided that with a combination of varying width strips and bead strings I needed around 20 pieces; that’s 40 metres or the length of our house block (approx 130 ft) in total! So here’s what I came up with…
- Peek a boos – flat strips with negative space elements in which to suspend beads
- Licorice allsorts – Alternate layers of different types of felt
- Sushi rolls – Layers of different types of felt and fabric rolled up and cut just like sushi.
- Buttons n Beads – Strings of glass beads interspersed with felt beads, buttons and fabric.
- Fish skeletons – Strips of felt cut and stretched then decorated with paint and beads.
- Stack and glue – I love a good fabric glue!
- Millefiori Beads – Felt beads similar the Murano glass beads.
- And a variety of combinations.
- Fairy light tubes – tubes of embroidered felt with a string a fairy lights fitted inside the tube with the LEDs protruding out.
The main issue with using whatever is in the studio is that of colour. With eight different colours in the glass beads I needed to bring them together with a neutral and as I had plenty of black wool, both unmade and made felt, it was the natural choice. This also allowed me to bring in other shades of those colours to extend the range of things I could use, keeping in mind the 40 metre requirement, as long as black was incorporated into the mix. After diving into the many boxes of treasures I found several pieces of nuno felt that complimented and contrasted the beads.
So over the next week or so I will cover the processes involved.
****Nuno felt – its fabric that is felted into, the wool tops grab and shape the fabric as they fibres shrink. For registered users there will be a nuno fact sheet soon.