Thursday, 27 May 2010

Our Creative Space...


I've been forever planning to try my hand at making faux chenille, but the process requires a clothes dryer, and we only very recently adquired one, so finally I could do it.

The process starts of course with the layering of fabrics, and since they were thin fabrics, I over did it and ended up with eighteen layers! Half of that would had been more than enough.

Then stitching the whole package on the diagonal en cutting the layers between the stitches.


That is a lot of work, but I couldn't find electric scissors in our little town.


This is the way it looks before washing.


And after washing and drying the result is a multicolored fluffy fabric that strongly reminds me of fordite, that wonderful layered stuff obtained from the dried up layers of paint in the automobil industry, therefore the name fordite. Fordite cabochons are used in jewelry, but they are very rare nowadays because of new painting techniques that don't leave residues.


Anyhow, my new chenille fabric together with some recycled leather are in the process of becoming a bag, I'll name it the fordite bag.


You can see more workspaces at Kootoyoo's blog!

22 comments:

  1. I have never heard of faux chenille before, how fascinating. The end result looks great!

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  2. Woww!!! Really stunning result - that worth the work!

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  3. Oh my god! Estalla and Esther, you two are super clever and creative and have a lot of patience. The bag belongs to bag museum, an art gallery for it took so much effort and time to make!! I really admire your creativity. Thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to seeing the completed bag!

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  4. Never heard of that technique, it seems very much work, but with a beautiful result!

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  5. wow!! this is the first time I see some thing like this - it is super super great!!!!
    lots of work but I love the outcome
    =)

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  6. this looks marvellous ! I wanna try it too ....

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  7. I admire your creativity! Bravo!

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  8. A true masterpiece! Gorgeous! Can not believe how much work this has been. The result is well... gorgeous.

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  9. it look spectacular.... like a lot of work though. congrats on the creative accomplishment! xo m.

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  10. oh my god!
    its blinding!
    have to try one day!!!

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  11. What a stunning result Star! And the bag shape is gorgeous too:)

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  12. What a fantastic finish - the bag looks amazing and so unique.

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  13. Just have to say the same thing the than the others ... never heard of this technique before. Amazing result, though. And lots of patience. You two are amazingly creative!

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  14. This bag is absolutely amazing!! You both are so darn creative and also patient. It looks like it took a bit of time to create the faux chenille. But it was worth it!

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  15. Wow fascinating working process!
    and beautiful result! Lov the bag!

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  16. WOW!
    Great work and such a beautiful result!!!

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  17. I am speachless. This looks amazing!

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  18. WOW dindn't know about faux chenille but now that i see the process it takes i take my hat
    You have so much patience, and what a remarkble resul!!

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  19. Wow, that is amazing, Star! What a fantastic process & result! :)

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  20. i saw this bag on etsy and i really liked it, i've never seen anything like it before. thank you for the instructions for making faux chenille. i will try it, but i have one question: do the fabrics need to be with same thickness?

    thank you, and keep making beautifull things

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  21. I saw this bag on Etsy, too. Love it! Faux chenille just makes you want to touch it!
    There is a product made for this purpose. Faux chenile cutting mats that you can insert into the channels after sewing. This allows you to cut the chenille with a rotary cutter...very carefully. : ) Or you could purchase a chenille cutter that is an all-in-one tool. I'm not trying to sell, just showing you the possiblities. You might find it at a better price somewhere else. : )
    http://www.createforless.com/Clover+Slash+Cutter+Long+Guides/pid5549.aspx?utm_source=shopDT&utm_medium=cse

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