these two samples for other things but am going to use them as my examples of texture for FAF. The first is my ATC for textiles challenges, my group, and this month we looked at felt melting! I stamped the red felt with expanding medium and then sprinkled with embossing powder while still wet. I then blasted with the heat gun, the medium expaned, the embossing powder went metallic and the felt melted where there was no medium! I FME'd the whole thing to a gold background and then stitched an inchie on with button hole, added a red and gold bead and some bugle beads and french knots. I then added some swirled wire also. I have to edge this now before the trade.
The other sample is using the smocking machine at college on thursday. The college has an amazing pre-smocking machine, it runs the stitches through to gather up the fabric ready to bsmocked, but I didn't want it for smocking in the traditional sense, I wanted to use it to manipulate the fabric into ripples. We put in bits of sheer and net as we went and also put it through on the wonk! (technical term!) to make irregular ripples. I love it as a sample.