These are my first attempts at short segments of yarn.
From left to right:
Paper yarn – used a Joomchi paper felting process but just with a strip of yarn. Delicate at first but with increased manipulation becomes stronger and softer. This idea was sourced from the Joomchi paper work where a small bit had come off the edge and was gently twisting suggesting yarn.
Machine couched perle cotton type thread using machine poly cotton thread and couched on to water soluble vilene which was subsequently washed away. This one was trying to reference the image with parallel linear marks of different colours.
Needle and wet felted wool fibre and sheer silk. Thinking of the linear drips of ink on the black source image and trying to suggest this with thicker and thinner areas. The fuzz halo doesn’t fit with this though.
Machine stitched square pattern and thread on to watersoluble vilene again. Thinking of the woven red square appearance in the embossed work.
Strip of hand dyed tulle and machine thread with multiple cuts and repairs to create a spiky fuzz as is the linear work.
Strip of polar fleece and heavy machine stitching. Experimenting with ways of creating an embossed look yarn.
Finally spun cling wrap then heated over the stove top to set twist – again thinking of the Joomchi source image and its crinkly texture. It is stiff and not that attractive. The paper version is definitely more successful.
Definitely having fun playing with making yarn. One thing I am getting out of this course is learning how to create inspiration. We are still working with imagery that came out of original textile drawings from last year and I love how it’s easy to think of a variety of possible yarns just by looking at those images. Much easier than simply plucking something out of your imagination.