A few days in Germany - part the second

 A finished brooch. Decorated, layered newspaper ironed on to S133 (heavy iron-on interfacing) and cut with a die cutting machine.

My first workshop at Nadelwelt was a newspaper based one - the idea was to make brooches and bags or boxes. The workshop was for four hours. I had pre-painted Bondaweb and dyed up loads of newspaper as we wouldn't have time for the students to paint anything and have time for it to dry. As it happens it was VERY hot on the day - 28 degrees. So we could have painted Bondaweb, but there was no way of knowing that in advance.

 There were nine students in the group - the lady on the left looking into the room was my Quilt Angel, she translated and helped me during the workshop. She was great fun - we had a really good time with her.

So - you know the drill by now - we layered painted Bondaweb with newspaper, gilding flake and glitter. The group also had a go with transfer foils. There is something about being given permission to play with glittery bits that makes a group very happy. I think it also helps not to have make a sample that looks like anything in particular. Working through process is a very relaxing way to work.

 Here are the first smaller samples that we used to cut the brooches from.


 Laying torn newspaper strips onto painted Bondaweb.

 Once the newspaper strips are ironed down, you can play with the glittery bits . . .



  Once the small samples were made we cut the brooches.

 The group then went on to make 12" square samples using either Decovil 1 or Decovil 1 light. This is a soft leather like iron-on interfacing, it is the best thing for bags and book covers.

The bag shape was cut with the die cutting machine.

This was as far as we got on the Friday - the student who created the sample above was also attending the Sunday workshop. On the Sunday morning she arrived with a finished bag and brooch (the brooch is at the top of this post).

The back of the bag . . 

. . and the front - As you can imagine I was delighted!

We had a great time together, after the workshop the group came back to the stand to discover more about the wonders of Vilene.

I will post more over the weekend, have a good one!



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