Friday, February 20, 2009

Something new: Polymer Clay Embroidery


So I went crazy and decided to torture my poor fingers: I embroidered polymer clay.



I used to do cross-stitch projects as a child, but I quickly outgrew the craft. Having to count all those squares were too much for me.

My interest in needlepoint was rekindled last year when I saw fiber artist Apol Lejano-Massebieau's whimsical, almost free-form embroidery on paper and plushies. I was inspired to revisit my cross-stitching days, so I bought colorful DMC thread and needles. Not wanting to simply copy her work, I decided to put my own twist on it. I thought, why not embroider on polymer clay?



I started needlepoint on clay September last year, starting with simple back-stitching on the edges of these flat clouds, to give them a pretty "silver lining".
I can't find the finished product photos, tsk. Will update this post when I unearth them.

4 comments:

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

You are the first person I've seen to do this!

Just yesterday I saw a video on someone using wire and stitching metal. I was thinking that it would be cool to use wire to stitch together polymer clay. But I never thought of embroidering it.

How clever! I really like the look of it. So much could be done with that idea!

syd said...

These are so inspiring you have a great imagination,

Naama Zamir said...

what a wonderful idea

Britta said...

This looks great. Never seen this before. Do you make the holes in the polymer first, then bake it or do you punsh through the baked stuff?

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