Sunday, December 09, 2007

Vessels

I have been interested for some time in fabric vessels. This is my first attempt at making one. I looked at some photos and drew myself a pattern, which I copied onto heavyweight Vilene. I then ironed this onto an inner fabric (yellow) and an outer one, the orange hand dyed one above. I stamped a few stars and hearts and things in a toning metallic paint, then sewed the two pieces of each side together with random curving lines using a variegated brown thread.

Then I stitched the 4 sides together using satin stitch and the same thread, then attached the bottom square. Sewing around the top was the hardest part, and I'm not sure whether it might be easier to do on each piece before assembly. I may try that next time. The vessel is 6 1/2 " high (17cm) and the base is 3" (8cm) square.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

It's very cool!

Julie said...

I like the way the light shines thro your vessel Shirley. maybe it's the colour but it reminds me of a chinese lantern (the plant) physalis I think it's called.

Dale Anne said...

This is FABULOUS Shirley!
I LOVE the colour!!!

Ali Honey said...

I repaet what Julie said. Well done. It looks very attractive.

Sheila said...

That is a very interesting vessel. A friend has been making a series of baskets with machine embroidery techniques. I will have to send her your way!

Dianne said...

Wonderful Shirley. The fabric is gorgeous, and I also love the fme pattern.

Françoise said...

This is beautiful Shirley!

Purple Missus said...

A woman after my own heart!
This is brilliant Shirley, love it.

Valeri said...

I have to agree with Julie this reminds me of Chinese lanterns. Really lovely!