29 June 2010

The Pencil Case

Today I decided I wanted to make something. I wanted to paint some fabric. On the shelf with the ProFab paint was a piece of painted fabric I had done a few weeks ago. It was pretty. I made it with left over paint from another project that I glomed onto a piece of nice fabric then sprinkled with salt. I later silk screened and stamped and did a fused paint thing in the shape of a woman. I had no idea what to do with it so I chopped it in half to make a pencil case. Well, I should probably mention the back story.
About a month ago I hand sewed a sketch book and covered it in a piece of soft leather. I've taken to sketching in it nightly to sharpen my skills. I've even used watercolors to brighten up the pages. It's been quite fun. Back to the pencils.....
I bought some B's from Dick Blick and they came in a black nylon zip bag - very lame. I decided to make a really lovely pencil case. Sometimes looks are everything. Here is the original piece of fabric which sacrificed half itself to satisfy my desire for beauty.

The half I lobed off isn't pictured here I fused the painted woman then silk screened the large and small goddesses. Then I made a curly stamp for her hair and the cool black snake stamp. I made the small spiral stamp too.

This is the sketch book I made with tissue pages, sketch paper pages and fold out brown craft  paper pages. Makes it fun.

I took the picture of the back indoors and the colors look dim. I used torn strips of masking tape to resist the blue and magenta paint I smeared on with a bit of sponge. I removed the tape, stamped my crow stamp on then stitched a piece of bottle green sea glass near the bottom. I made fabric beads (a bunch) and sewed two onto the case. I used a satin stitch (dense) to bind the edges and sew the case together. I belatedly attached a shell button wrong side out with a gold bead in the floss. I used more hand dyed (by me) embroidery floss with beads attached to make a string closure for the button then covered the place where the floss comes out of the flap with another fabric bead. I LOVE it. Sketch on....


  1. Thanks Judith. I think we should make more fabric beads. It's fun and so colorful.


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