Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky!
Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or felting.” As a fibre artist, I’d like to add that textiles can also be formed, with a needle and thread (either by hand, or machine).
Felting, knotting, embroidery, weaving, and quilting are all classified as fibre art, but what about bead weaving? I believe that flat peyote, falls into that category. Do you agree? If not, why not? What if I use art yarn to make a necklace? How about a fabric twine bracelet?
What can fibre do for jewellery aficionados? I use sari silk to make bracelets; free-motion stitch, neck straps for Altered Dominos; trade small embroidered, pin dolls; make felted bracelets (only two, but in a class led by Dawn Liu-Smyth), and; make beads (not all photos available, due to the untimely crash of my desktop computer, last year). New workshops are in the planning stages. Keep tuned for more news, in future blog posts!
BeadFX stocks an excellent selection of threads, cords, and silk strings. You could wrap, knot, stitch, weave, bead, knit, or even crochet with them. Learn new techniques, such as Kumihimo braiding, and Soutache embroidery. Did you know that Angela Peace, teaches a variety of knotty workshops, at BeadFX? Here’s one example, but check out the class calendar for future options.
Bead up a storm! Never abandon your roots! Add love, and fibre, to the mix! You’ll be glad you did!