Thursday, February 22, 2007

Playing with Tyvek

I have noticed recently that some people have been playing with Tyvek and I thought I would show some samples that I did last year.
These were made from an article by Lorraine Pickles called "Pull Yourself Together" in issue 31 of the Stitch Magazine printed by the Embroiderers Guild in the U.K.
Firstly you had to paint some Tyvek using silk paints both on the front and back then let it dry.
You then cut it into 4 strips -embroidered on the strips and then re- embroidered the strips back togetheragain.
I blanket stitched around the edges as well. When you have finished the embroidery you then place the embroidery between a folded piece of parchment paper (Glad Bake in Australia) .
Using a dry iron on the cotton setting you hover the iron over the parchment paper making sure the iron does not come in contact with the Tyvek embroidery.
Keep an eye on it because it will shrink very quickly.
You will be able to see what is happening through the parchment paper.
This is how mine ended up.
This is another sample but in different colours ----------

and the end result is here


These samples measure 6 x 4 inches

14 comments:

Purple Missus said...

Wonderful samples Doreen, love the colours in the first one. In FAF our challenge for March is Tyvek - so a very handy blog read, thank you, I know what to do now :)Funny thing is I subscribe to this mag but very rarely get around to making anything from it (Wild Women excepted). What motivates you to follow one of the articles?

Micki said...

These are great. Love the colors you used and the stitching adds so much.
Will be doing something next month with tyvek for FAF.

Annica said...

Very nice samples! And I enjoyed the before and after pictures. Thanks for sharing!

StegArt said...

this looks like fun! I love the colors in the first piece.

linda stokes said...

These are great Doreen. Interesting with the hand stitching. Different effect to machine stitching which I've used.

Dianne said...

Love these samples Doreen. The effect of "after" looks great!! I get this mag too - will have to search out this article.

Janet said...

I've been hearing about Tyvek, too. Thank you for showing the before and after photos. I love the colors in the first one, and I think it's interesting how each piece changes so dramatically when heated.

Dotee said...

Thanks for sharing these samples Doreen.

You always inspire me to try new things!

Am going to play with the tyvek you sent me this weekend.

sammy said...

Now am so curiious to know what you are going to do next with these two pieces? Love the looks, going to have to try it. thanks for sharing your technique with us...

I will be mailing out your ATC for our trade tomorrow... I hope you enjoy it....
Thanks again for willing to trade with a newby...

Hannah Katarski said...

These are really great! What a nifty idea!

SuZ said...

Oh, thank you for the ideas of how to handle tyvek ! it's exactly what I needed to know now!your work is awesome !!!!

Anna Nowicki said...

These samples are great. Isnt't difficult to judge the shrinkage. I jsut love tyvek for that surprise Anna

Gunnels blog said...

Thanks for sharing this Doreen! I have seen now on so many blogs about tyvek. I bought me som tyvek for a years ago, and I didn´t try it yet. But now! I got inspiration!

Helen in the UK said...

Just saw the card you sent to Terri and followed her link back here. Fabulous samples :)