Some time ago I saw Margaret Beal layering synthetic fabrics and using a soldering iron to burn the layers back to create patterns. Kathleen Laurel Sage layers sheer fabrics, stitches a design onto the layers and burns back some layers to create colour variation. Just recently I've seen Susan Lenz use a combination of both techniques to create her own version of stain glass windows. I've taken courses with both Margaret Beal and Kathleen Laurel Sage in the past and the technique fascinates me.
This is the piece I made in Kathleen's class with a close up of one of the flowers, that's beading in the centre but I think it looks like a button. I've always planned to make a larger piece, perhaps using four of the above pieces to create a window hanging for my small landing window. But so far its just a 'maybe'.
I don't have any of the pieces I made with Margaret, they were largely button's and odd shape pieces and have now all been used on other articles. But this is a good way of making bits and pieces to add to your creations so I will be restocking sometime soon.
I thought I'd try Susan Lenz's combination idea to create a "burning back" piece which I think will end up on the front of a book cover. This is my February journal page. Not sure whether I would layer on felt I rather like the more delicate look of the fabric only piece.
I started off using Margaret's layering on an acrylic felt background method, then free motioned a design over it, some edges were straighter than others. Then I burned back some of the layers and finally sewed the whole piece onto a bit of glitzy fabric to show off the holes and pull all the colours together. The acrylic felt made a very sturdy fabric, much easier to manipulate than the flimsier fabric of Kathleen's. It would make good book covers and boxes where you need a bit of added strength.
What with Lesley still being in hospital I have had very little time to do much of anything. She is slowly improving, still dehydrated though and they are still continuing to give her fluids intravenously Her blood count isn't back to normal either but she is looking and sounding a lot better.
Now I'm going to make some small triangular purses to put mini eggs in for Easter. So far I've made two.