Thursday, July 8, 2010

FiberFusion Embellished Collage Film Canister

Another collection here at the studio, are vintage Hollywood film canisters. They are the perfect container to fill with fabric/paper/emphemera/ribbon gifts and I use them to display ribbons and trims at trade shows. I also use them as sewing cases. I have a magnet sheet on the inside of the lid to hold small scissors and needles. The canisters are deep enough to hold fabrics and embellishments.

This film canister is embellished with FiberFusion.
What an easy method for making wet-felted fabric. Making FiberFusion is a workshop that I  teach and everyone loves the fabrics they make in class.

 A complete kit is  $12.95. All the fibers are hand-dyed here at the studio. For this piece I used shades of rust, moss green, and mustard yellow. Spread the fibers onto freezer paper, glossy side up. Drizzle water and textile medium onto the fibers. Sprinkle in gold leaf, small pieces of fabrics, lace, paper bits. Place the freezer paper sheet in the sun and let dry. In 30 minutes peel off the fabric from the freezer paper. This fabric also has gold metallic paint spritzed onto the fabric surface. Use the ragged edges of the FiberFusion as a design element. A needle glides through the fabric; so I took a few tucks with a needle to add dimension; added in a gathered 2" strip of velvet from our Velvet Assortment Pack, tacked that into place and then using our hand-dyed rayon tape, made a small gathered ribbon spray and tacked that to the FiberFusion. In one corner, I added a small gathered piece of metallic lace from one of our fabric packs. Glue the embellished piece of FiberFusion to the canister. Using E6000, I glued in old bits of jewelry and a brass finding. 30 minutes to create an attractive collage!

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