Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fun with my Embellisher Machine-Part 1

Last year I purchased the Brother Embellisher Machine. This does machine needle felting and expanded my horizons to thread/fabric paint for my artwork and bags.

It did take a bit to get over my fear of using the machine but I finally worked on a project that I hope becomes a bag. I anticipate this Blog will be in 3 parts:

1. Showing the steps I did to machine felt the fabric (See below)
2. Bead embroidering the fabric. 
3. The final result. 

I started with this beautiful purple heather wool....
Base Layer
I experimented on a some of this wool before I moved into the final landscape. Here are some of the effects:
Experiment with Roving.
This was a cool effect, but ended up not using it for this bag.

This was the experiment. I know this picture isn't clear,
but I ended up using 2 of the 4 elements I played with.
This is the final result. You can also machine felt with yarn. That is where the spirals came from. I still have a couple of tweaks, but overall I am pleased. I imagine I will get better once I really learn what the machine can and can't do.....But the possibilities are endless!!!!
Now I just need to
 add my beads and then make the bag!!

Live Long and Prosper! Teri

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Welcome to Dragon Ragz!!!

Okay...I know I have been talking about opening an Esty Shop...While I am not quite ready to open the shop I have updated the name of my business to better reflect what I am doing now. 

So....(Drum roll please)....Welcome to Dragon Ragz. I chose this name not just to reflect my obvious love of dragons, but to give a quick description of what my work stands for. Dragon stands for my point of view...taking an idea and using Color and Texture as an important part of telling the story. The Ragz speaks to my love of using found fabrics,trims and unconventional materials whenever possible.

This new name, I feel, allows me to express my love of art through the fabric medium.. Be it bags, wall art, clothing/costumes or any other idea that suits the idea I want to convey

Please keep an eye out as I continue to post my projects and adventures. I am really excited about the direction I am heading. 

Cheers, Teri