old painted and dyed newspaper layered with polyester organza
Well who would have thought that old newspapers would cause such a stir??? I have had several emails and a couple of comments about yesterdays blog. All asking for more images of the faux chenille - so here you are my lovelies.
Faux chenille is a technique I taught on Experimental Textiles. Experimental Textiles was a four year course that I wrote and taught for 10 years and stopped teaching a couple of years ago. I will be teaching a shortened version starting next May in Redditch, for more details go to -
There are many tutorials on the Internet and more usually using natural fabric, but basically you layer at least 6 layers of Fabric/Newspaper, stitch tramlines or channels down the entire piece and then cut through the top 5 layers making sure you DON'T cut through the bottom layer. Easier said than done with newspaper. I back mine with dyed craft/pelmet Vilene. You can then distress your piece with a nail brush or something similar. If using fabric you pop it into the washing machine and it 'blooms up' like old candlewick bedspreads . . . if any of you are old enough to remember them!!!!
I like the contrast of shiny synthetic polyester organza and the matt newspaper, if you are not going to wash your faux chenille you can try anything. I am totally hooked on using old newspapers now, I have stacks and stacks that I have been drying, using and saving and using, drying and saving. Because I use the same newspapers over and over again to protect my table table when I am dying and painting I get the most wonderful build up of colour. FABULOUS!!!
Try using old catalogues, magazines . . . . whatever you have to hand.
We will be experimenting with stitching and printing into and onto faux chenille at Moor Hall on the 6th and 7th October - we are going to have SUCH fun. you can book by going to Bobby's website - http://www.bobbybritnell.co.uk/index.htm