This is a short little post to hopefully get you creatively inspired for the weekend.
I’ve been working on a secret little project. To be revealed, hopefully soon. Yes, it is one of my final sets of holiday gifts. Next year let’s pray that I finish them in December, so I can live January in peace, but I digress…
My secret little project involves a lot of hand sewing, and I use a lot of processes that I feel might be second nature to me but maybe not so much to others who are looking to bring projects to the next level. So, let’s briefly talk about creating dimensional texture with flat texture or in possibly simpler terms: using flat fabrics, trims, etc in ways that give them volume and added dimension.
Creating dimension is all about layers and the way that you view materials. On the top is some lace. You’ll see the full width of it, and then the width of it cut in half. My project is small, so I want the half length, but I’m also going to be layering it, so I like the flat edge cutting it in half gives to me as well.
By layering the lace and focusing my center stitching more towards the flat edge, I secure the lace in place, but I also give the decorative edge the freedom to move and be pushed up.
This picture again, to keep you from having to scroll up. On the bottom I have little strips of raw silk that I cut. I cut this from a larger piece of silk. Again, I cut them. If you cut a small rectangle of lace, maybe 2″ x 4″ and then you fold it until it is about 1/2″ x 4″, you can cut a single wave, and then when you unfold it, it will turn out something like what I have in the photo.
For the silk, when I sew it on, I’m not looking to keep it 100% flat. I’m looking to have it fill the space. By making my stitching somewhat random and curving and sometimes twisting the silk, I’m given a nice, textured result.
You can do these techniques with many other fabrics and applications. I don’t know if I’d suggest them for clothes with heavy usage, but dry clean only clothes, accessories, or art would be perfect places to add these little flairs.
What are your favorite ways to create texture?
Leave em’ in the comments section below!
Have a wonderful weekend!