Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Embroidery FAQ Part 2
The most asked question I get is, "How do you get the drawing on the bowl?" So I decided to document the making of piece from start to finish. Here is Part 1.
After I finished with the embroidery I play around a bit with the composition.
Here are a few examples of what I could have done. It's amazing what a tiny shift can do to change how the piece is interpreted. Seeing these photoshopped together I have an urge to do a series of based on chairs!
When I've decided on the final composition I sand and apply a thin line of glue to the bowl's rim. Then I gently place the silk on the bowl. This part requires a lot of precision because you can only do it once. I can probably wash the glue off before it dries and redo this step, but the fabric might warp from the moisture or I risk damaging the embroidery in the washing process. I use a PH neutral PVA glue, it's used in a lot of bookbinding applications. It's archival, dries flexible, won't yellow or crack and has great adhesion properties. I've used this glue since 2005(?)... and my first few pieces still look the same, no apparent aging/yellowing or cracking.
I've read up on a few discussions on how all PVA glue (white glue AKA Elmer's Glue) are the same. I assure you they are not! There are definitely professional grade glues that are safe for your work and others that are cheapo's. PVA glue is probably the least toxic as opposed to epoxies.
I brush on an additional layer of glue to the silk surface, this insures even coverage. I let the glue dry for a few hours and trim the excess. And that's all folks!
This is the finished piece.