Saturday, 18 June 2011

Fabric Vases and Bowls

In May I attended a workshop by Linda Turner on the subject of fabric vessels. They are made from Batik fabric with wadding to create a quilted look and embellished with cords and beads and because they contain a glass are suitable for both dried and fresh flowers. I enjoyed making them so much I had to make 3.

Another item I make which seems to fascinate people at craft fairs are silk bowls and they are surprised when they feel how light they are. They are made from silk fibre which is sandwiched between 2 pieces of dissolving film before being stitched. You can buy the silk already dyed or dye it yourself using acid dyes. Mine was bought at the Norwich Textile and Bead Fair in May. This is then washed out and a small amount of fabric stiffener is applied before it is moulded over a shape.


  1. Strange that you should post on theses subjects as, on Thursday I felt very creative and wanted to make a vase or some kind of vessel.
    Needless to say, I had lots of ideas racing through my mind and never actually got around to doing anything!
    However, I don't know if it's the colours or what, but, these images are just like the one's I had in my mind on Thursday!
    I must admit that they are gorgeous!
    Will I ever get around to making anything like them? Who knows!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sandie xx

  2. Hey! Leave the bowls to me! No, just kidding - I love all this cross-over between crafts stuff. They are wonderful, as usual!

  3. Wow! These textile vessels are amazing, as is the silk bowl - ethereal!
    So glad to have fond your blog via Catherine at Potter Jotter!

  4. Glad you like them. The bowls facinate people at fairs who can't believe how light they are. They are a real talking point as I'm asked how they are made.

  5. Wow, they look awesome - they make me think of candyfloss. I love how the light shines through them! (Found you via craftforum). xx

  6. Thank you for stopping and comments. I browsed through some of your posts and found this amazing. I actually bought a book about silk paper 2 years ago in London and haven't yet started the experiment. You remind me to have a go. Your works of fabric vessel and wool felt flowers are so pretty. I've problem in posting comment with google a/c only "Anonymous" can do. This is Terrie