From Fabric Manipulation to Dimension

This month’s fabric manipulation is back to dimensional. I’ve made a simple form that can be twisted and folded into many different shapes. Here is how it works. First cut the shape below from sturdy paper:
Transfer it onto sturdy fabric and cut a few. Sew them together with rough stitches and without overlapping the heavy canvas. Here are a few shapes that I liked:

The one above reminds me of a Whelk shell.
I’m not sure what these would be good for, but does it matter?

The “vase” is a bit crooked, because I haven’t yet “closed” the shape.  Experimentation with dimensional shapes is a lot of fun.

Note to self for future experimentation:
– make a small light shade and put some thin wire into the seams
– use lighter fabric, a bit of starch and make a tea pot
– make a whole mobile with small teacups from Liberty inspired fabric

For more fabric manipulations, visit Lucy from Nahtzugabe who  is collecting all the links on this Memorial (Pfingst) Weekend.

I am still enjoying myself on our trip and will look at all your manipulations on Monday.

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  1. Lucy says:

    Oh ja, so viele Möglichkeiten! Deine Lampenschirm-Idee gefällt mir am besten, und die Vase. Die halbrunde Form vom vorletzten Foto sehe ich – oben etwas verlängert oder mit halbrundem Einsatz – aus Leder vor mir, als Tasche. Und das Teetassen-Mobile aus Libertystoff musst du unbedingt umsetzen.

    viele Grüße! Lucy

  2. Really beautiful! And inspiring, maybe I will try it sometime.

  3. Kathryn says:

    Those would make really nice hanging lamps like you mention. Isn’t that book the best?!

  4. chanelke says:

    Very nice, it looks simple and so chic, I like it very much this and will try to do it too.

  5. griselda says:

    Die groben Stiche passen so gut zu dem rauen Material, und das kommt gut mit den morbiden Blüten.
    Eine sehr gelungene Inszenierung :)

    Wenn du Stoff mal richtig versteifen willst, dann probier doch mal selbstgerührten Kaseinleim aus. Es ist total verblüffend, wie der weiße Quark nach der Reation die Farbe und Konsistenz verliert und das textile Material nach dem Trocknen bretthart macht.

  6. Very lovely – I can really sense your enjoyment of this project too. I love the idea of fabric teacups.

  7. Ooh! I love the varied shapes. Interesting what different results you get using the same shape. I am upholstering a couch and have some natural canvas left over. Was wondering what to do with the extra. Now I know!

  8. Suschna says:

    Toll. Ich würde jetzt auch gern auf der Stelle einen Lampenschirm machen und den Stoff auch noch bemalen. Oder die Leimsache von Griselda probieren. Oder Bienenwachs, von dir schon mehrmals erwähnt, drauftropfen.
    Dann hoffe ich natürlich auch, dass du das Teeservice noch weiter verfolgst. Zu der feinen Spitzentasse villeicht nun noch einen irdenen Teebecher?
    Danke für die vielen Experimentideen!

  9. cathy says:

    Love this idea, thanks for sharing how to do it> The first image looks like a lamp, I think it would look lovely with light shining through it.

  10. Katie says:

    I am always so impressed by your fabric manipulations, but this might be the most impressive yet.
    What if you combined some of your natural dye findings with creating a lampshade? I think it’d pull out the colors in surprising ways.

  11. Jill Dion says:

    This is a brilliant idea! You have created beautiful organic shapes. I would love to see a load of these in different sizes and shapes. You are a true artist! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. judy martin says:

    Thank you for showing how to do this. The organic and lively shapes that you have discovered are beautiful.

  13. trentesaux says:

    J’aime beaucoup l’idée de créer ces volumes grâce aux pinces que vous mettez en jeu et cette simplicité de l’assemblage qui laissent faussement croire que le résultat est facile à obtenir.

    j’aurai voulu comprendre comment vous rigidifiez les formes des vases et autres sculptures.

  14. Pooja Kushwaha says:

    this is so good……awesome!!!

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