New babies

Two new headpins to my collection. Both of them stunningly beautiful. I confess that this time the purchase was not about practicality, but about beauty. It`s not that they are not made to be used, on the contrary, they are from Merchant & Mills a well-renowned brand of fine sewing supplies.

Dos más para mi colección. Creo que puedo afirmar que de todos los útiles de costura, los alfileres son mi debilidad. Me parecen unos objetos preciosos, pequeñas maravillas. Ya lo pudistéis comprobar en la entrada en la que repasé las virtudes de mis tesoros. Pues el amor, o la obsesión sigue en aumento.

Izena bera ere ederra dute, buru-orratz. Orratz hauek begia ordez burua dute, agian horrexegatik fundamentuz lan egiteko ezinbestekoak dira. Oraintxe ikusi dut “iskilinba” ere deitzen zaiela, eta burua beltza dutenei “monjorratz”. Hara! Ba monjorratzak nere kuttunenak dira orduan.

First acquisition: the entomology pins.
I couldn`t say if I like them better than the other ones I`ve got (Asta 55mm), these have a gorgeous copper coloured head and are much finer. So apart from an aesthetic point of view, I think that these are more suitable to use on fabric. I love them both anyway… black pins? A dream come true!

Acquisition number 2: Lace pins
To be true, I thought they were longer. I relate lace with long pins, and I didn`t pay enough attention to the specifications. I just fell in love with that redhead. My fault. They are very nice though, their chances to end up as a part of an art piece are quite high.
* In my last sculpture, the pins took an important role. You can see it on my website, here.

En la caja les llaman “spanish”, y tirando un poco del hilo, resulta que los hacen en una de las últimas fábricas de alfileres de europa, Metalúrgica Folch de Tarragona. Acabo de estar mirando sus productos, ma-ra-vi-llas. Ya sé dónde voy a comprar la próxima vez.
Por cierto, en la entrada de los alfileres os daba unas pequeñas claves a la hora de adquirir alfieres, los de Folch tienen una magnífica guía.

Parisen egon nintzen justu konfinamenduaren aurretik, eta nola ez, Montmartre ondoan dagoen “jostunen auzora” joan nintzen. Oraingoan oihalarik erosi ez, baina ezetz igarri zein izan zen han lortutako altxorra? Bai horixe, beste bi buru-orratz mota! Baina horiek beste sarrera batetarako utziko ditut. Lan honetan haietako bat pisu handia izan zuen.

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PD: We actually have a new baby at home, and still with no education at all! XD

Al vapor

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Water is an infinite source of creation.

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I`ve tried a new method to mould fabric: steaming.
It is by far the cleanest one and also you don`t need any special stuff, just the steamer you use for cooking and any kind of material to give the shape. I´ve used cork balls, but you can use anything you can wrap and tie to your fabric (mines were already covered with plastic because last time I used them with stiffener, but with this steaming method it´s not necessary to do so. Although I think it can be “safer” to avoid to tranfer unwanted colours).

I chose a green silk gauze for this first attempt. I´ve heard that synthetic materials also shape well with steam, but I can´t assure it. Usually natural fibers react better to most of the fabric manipulation techniques and I also tend to choose them, so… silk it is.

Wanna try?

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Wrap your fabric to the chosen objects and tie them with cord or rubber bands.
You can use any “mould”,  balls, coins, nails, buttons, dices, bottle cups, whatever. Just make use that the material accepts heat and that it´s not dirty.

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Steam for at least 10 minutes.
Wait until the fabric is cold, and take it out of the pot.

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Leave it to dry.
Time will depend on the temperature of your space and the fabric you´ve used.
The important thing is that it must be completely dry before the next step.
Ready? Cut the ties and unmould it…

Tah dah!!!

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More flower-progress

Yes, one kind of the new flowers I`m developing is going to be handpainted. :)
It was the time to start making my own “printed” textiles, don´t you think? This is just a small approach to this matter, this project is just for decorative purposes and it is not going to be washed, so this time I have used common watercolours.

It has worked great with blues, but I`m not convinced with the yellows and oranges. I think I am going to try to do it again with a very watery fabric paint.
The fabric I`m using is cheesecloth, I really like this absolutely humble textile and I`m willing to take it to many different levels. Apart from painting, I want to dye it. Can`t wait to have enough time and avocados to try this way to turn it pink. Maybe I need to plan a guacamole party XD

*If you are interested in natural dyes, I highly recommend Rebecca Desnos. Her blog has lots of examples and experiments with lovely pictures.