Needs support system

15 Feb 2010
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This is a free form piece I designed and started working on in Sept. 2008.  It's call "The Eye of the Storm" and was inspired by Hurricane Ike's visit to SW Ohio.  The center is open and will have a glass bead (large lozenge) suspended in it.  The "arms" (or more speciifically the bands) are made from batiks alternating with double layers of organza fused together with Heat-n-bond (or Wonder-under, I forget which).  I chose the heavier type of fusible rather than Mistyfuse in order to give it more body.  The batik arms are filled with Peltex and backed with another layer of batik whip-stitched closed over the edges.

My problem is one of support for the organza.  It's too floppy and I can't figure out what to do to make the arms stay flat....  People have suggested sewing the plastic cording from weed-eaters onto it, but that doesn't work.  I've not found a wire which is stiff enough to hold it but maleable enough to make the curves and small enough to be satin stitched over to make it less noticeable.    I am going to visit some more hardware stores to see if I can't find something.

 

If anyone can provide me suggestions on making this stiff enough to be hung I'd appreciate it.  The technical end of this is what has hung me up. :( 

 

Thanks.  Lisa

 

 

 


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Jaynie wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 4:48 PM

Organza ribbon that has the metal edge seems like it would have enough weight to hold your piece and still be easily bent.  I used the ribbon before and removed the metal edge.   It's a very fine wire.  Some is copper other is some other metal.  It was easy to remove from the ribbon.

Your storm looks like it will be pretty cool.

Cindy R. wrote
on 16 Feb 2010 6:35 PM

I really like the looks of this.  My idea would be to do some beading, very scattered, with small seed beads that either are the same color or clear so they look like debris or bits of light blowing around within the storm.  Good luck!

 

Eanswitha wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 9:11 AM

How about starch/sizing?

Rigilene boning from haberdashers section, one of them is made up of lots  of fine 'plastic rods' running down the length of the tape which you could remove and stitch to the outer edge.  Otherwise fuse wire or floristry wire.

hope one of these suggestions gets your brain ticking again, but don't ask me where to find the wires, I'm in UK.

PosyP

TheaM@2 wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 6:25 AM

Hi Lisa,

try the sporting goods - fishing dept - I've had good luck with various weights of fishing line - it is invisible (comes in blue/green etc but the 'white' is close to invisible - and it's easy to sew into an edge.  I also use it for making gathers with a narrow zigzag stitch over it.  one reel goes a long way, too.

Love your concept! 

 

TheaM@2 wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 6:25 AM

Hi Lisa,

try the sporting goods - fishing dept - I've had good luck with various weights of fishing line - it is invisible (comes in blue/green etc but the 'white' is close to invisible - and it's easy to sew into an edge.  I also use it for making gathers with a narrow zigzag stitch over it.  one reel goes a long way, too.

Love your concept! 

 

memawof3 wrote
on 16 May 2010 6:04 PM

Hi Lisa, Love your plan! Have tried looking in a beading store for wire?  There are some very fine "stiffish" used for beading with small seed beads.  Good Luck and don't give up, I think your piece has great promise!!!

kittyb6 wrote
on 16 Jun 2010 4:58 PM

I would try fishing line also.  It comes in different weight sizes - depending on the weight of the expected fish.  If a spouse, friend, brother, dad are fishing buffs raid their tackle box.  (With their permission of course.)  Then try different stitches to attach it.  Possibly a zigzag with invisible thread.