Saturday, 19 February 2011

Thread bowls and nests

Only two bowls survive from a set of four I acquired in my late teens from a local potter - they have been constants over the decades holding just enough nuts, or cereal and now, in my Year of Continuous Improvement, perfect for thread bowls or rather, nests as I prefer. After partially rinsing the soluble stabiliser the sticky mass was moulded over the bowl (which was already covered in cling film). Sometimes I wrap them tightly in kitchen string and that brings it's own texture to the finished product - this time I simply worked the shape onto the bowl with my hands ... and tinkered with pushing it this way and that in between stitching something else. Last evening I painted the inside with fabric stiffener and worked it across the base and about 2/3rds the way up the inside - then placed it over the cling wrapped pottery bowl again. The extra body helps reduce "wilting". Every time I look into the thread bags - sometimes three on the go at the same time - I see another nest.


Judy George said...

Exquisite as usual

LS said...

OMG OMG OMG ... HOW?????

Sue Dennis said...

That looks very nestist!