Saturday, 14 January 2012

West Dean - Layered Textiles - Hot Techniques for jewelled surfaces

Painted Bondaweb ironed onto a turquoise background fabric, decorated with dried seeds and leaves, jewel dots and strips of the backing paper from the Bondaweb

 The first day of this 3 day course was spent showing the students the basic layering techniques we were due to cover. Once the students have got to grips with the basics they can then start zapping and stitching or whatever they fancy.
First of all we painted Bondaweb and Tyvek - The Bondaweb we started to work with today (as you will see) and the Tyvek will be played with tomorrow.
While the Bondaweb was drying the students ironed some plain Bondaweb onto a piece of pre-coloured Vilene Spunbond CS500. A soldering iron was then used to cut out shapes which were the ironed onto a second piece of Spunbond. Here are some of their samples -


 We then experimented with transfer printing onto white CS800 - the heaviest weight Spunbond. I have my heat press here so the students had the chance to try transfer printing with an iron and a heat press. We used disperse printed papers and bags to print with. Great fun for tearing and fast to use. Here are more samples -


 . . . and by then the painted Bondaweb was dry so here are few more samples using all the usual suspects - glitter, jewel dots, leaves, heat transfer foil, gilding flake . . .  . .



So you can see we covered a bit of ground today - more tomorrow - I'm off to the bar before dinner . . . . 



  1. All these posts are so gorgeous, Kim, I wish.. but 20,000 kilometres is a bit far. I'll just keep burning stuff, lol