After finishing my neckpiece I had a couple of other techniques from my theme book sampling that I really wanted to try out. I had really liked the effect I produced using tea bag papers and printing over them with the lotus flower lino block I made, so I wanted to make a wall hanging using this as the background. The photo below is a reminder of the page from my theme book.
I was also keen to recreate the effect of the beadnet dress I had come across and wanted to make a portion of this from Nespresso capsules.
The third element I wanted to include was some free motion embroidery to outline a picture as I have recently started using this technique to translate some sketches into stitch. So I designed a fairly basic wallhanging simply to show these three techniques just for fun
I used a piece of black fabric and Vliesofox (Bondaweb) to adhere the tea bags to the fabric. Then printed over in gold fabric paint with my lino block.
Then I started preparing the different elements to go on the hanging.
For the picture, I chose a page from my theme book showing the Goddess Mut.
My first go at translating this into a stitched piece was not a success. Not because of the stitching but because I chose the wrong background fabric, it was too light in value. I tried to emphasise the central body shape with gold wax but it just made it look worse.
So I scrapped this piece (or rather, put it in my theme book to remember the lesson learnt!) and used a spare piece of the fabric I had dyed for my neckpiece, picking a dark blue section of colour as opposed to the lighter turquoise.
This is more successful as the gold thread shows better against the darker background.
I stitched over the joins of the tea bag papers on the background with a decorative stitch and then attached the Goddess picture with the same stitching, using the gold metallic thread throughout to pick up on the use of gold in the jewellery of my theme book.
The hole in the lower part has been carefully measured to fit in a section of beadnet but this and other strips of decorative borders are yet to be added.