Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Stitch and Distress

This week at my textile class we did a little work with tyvek and some sheer fabrics. When the tyvek is exposed to heat it bubbles and distorts which enables you to produce some very unique pieces.

I started off with a piece of tyvek ( in this case it was a piece of a tyvek envelope). I painted it with watered down acrylic paint and then on top of that I layed two layers of organza with some gold metalic fibres sandwiched between. I then machine stitched a random pattern to join them together.

I then used a heatgun to burn away the organza in places and to melt and distort the tyvek and finished off byI adding a piece of gold fabric behind. You can then go on to use the results as either an embelishment for other pieces or it can be a piece of artwork in its own right.

I have done this in the past and forgot how much fun it is and I thought it might be interesting to some of you to see the process so I will come back soon and show you another piece in more detail.

Thank's for visiting. x


  1. Beautiful effects! I love your colour choices for this, Id forgotten how much fun it was too, I might just have to get my Tyvek and organza out!

  2. Lovely piece - lovely colour combination. So fun to see how items like this change with the process.
    I was wanting to e-mail you to answer a question you asked me but couldn't find your address, so am answering here. After I have finished painting with acrylic and pan pastel, I spray it with a fixative (not sure if this is necessary, but I think it is) and then add a thin coat of Dorland's Wax Medium. I let it sit overnight and then buff it with my hand. VERY EASY - but gives a lovely finish. Sometimes I add another coat if needed.

  3. This is gorgeous - I love the effect you've created and the colours are beautiful. I've had some Tyvek in my fabric box for well over a year but never got round to doing anything with it - it was an impulse buy at a craft fair and I didn't really know what to do with it - I might just have a play about now I've seen your beautiful work.

  4. Gorgeous colouring Carol! Sounds like you had lots of fun playing about with it all :0) Mo