Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

MMT Part 2 Joining & Wrapping Stage 1 Project 1 Joining

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(Paper Learning Log Pages 23-27)

Following up on some research considering joining methods, a few experiments.

Supermend bonding powder sprinkled on found tissue paper and covered lightly with silk throwsters waste.  Ironed between two sheets of baking paper.  The bonding powder works, although I’m not sure I like the effect.  The fibres are shiny.  Looks better against a dark background where the words are evident and fibres add interest with less shine.


Waxed lokta tissue laid on music paper lightly sprinkled with Supermend and ironed.  Wax soaked into music, hydrangea petals hold well with bonding powder, retaining their surface texture.  The visual texture of the music from reverse showing through and the ageing colour and effect of the beeswax is appealing:


Hydrangea petals laid on dressmakers pattern tissue covered with painted bondaweb and ironed between two sheets of baking paper.  Very effective for holding petals while still allowing delicacy of veins to show through.  Orange complements browns of petals and natural tissue.


Hand painted found tissue, supermend, petals and silk throwsters.  Really don’t like the shiny-ness of the silk, but do like the contrast of the petals against the darker background.


Crumpled parcel paper, petals and painted bondaweb.  Like the subtler effect of the petals merging into the background, the actual texture of the paper and visual texture of painted bondaweb and the colour combination.


Moving on to use some of these to join materials.

Exercise 3  Joining curved edges which fit neatly together

Cardboard cut with concave and convex curves neatly joined with painted bondaweb.  Effective join but overall dull.   Visual texture provided by painted bondaweb.

Visually more interesting than cardboard sample above.  Excellent join, barely visible.  Slightly oiled, crumpled music torn in half and rejoined with painted heat ‘n bond.  Harder to handle than bondaweb, difficult to remove backing paper, more plasticised but a different look.  Fruit net added to see how well it would join (not very well). Photographed below with the light behind to illustrate the efficiency of join.


Slightly oiled crumpled music joined to white found tissue with painted heat ‘n bond.  Again, tricky to remove baking paper, tearing the surface of the music but interesting effect.  Wonder if the oil prevented the heat ‘n bond from sticking as well as it might?

Tried to join the following cardboard and music with bondaweb and leave a gap.  Realised the bondaweb wouldn’t stand alone to added some light tissue.  Very effective against the light.  Mixed colours painted on bondaweb give a distressed, worn look, lots of visual texture.



Front view against the light


Joining straight edges with a gap to experiment further with bondaweb and fruit net.

Painted bondaweb and two pieces of hand-dyed used curtain lining with the addition of fruit net.  Wondered how different the green painted bondaweb would look on the yellow and blue surfaces and the two nets would work layered on top of one another.

I don’t think it was a particularly well thought through sample, but I like the texture of the broken down fruit net, particularly the dark green contrasting with yellow fabric  The yellow is less effective and disappears where layered under the green.  The transparent, lacy join of bondaweb and fruit net has potential and could be used on a wider gap.


The following is an effective use of colour, good contrast between dark brown of waxed parcel paper and oiled crumpled cartridge paper pre-painted with rust procion dye, joined to leave a gap with orange painted bondaweb and orange fruit net.

The partially melted edges, wispy ends and distortion of grid add visual interest where they extend off the edge of the brown paper.  The net is coming away from the bondaweb – could be the part oiled paper or the combination of net and bondaweb.







One thought on “MMT Part 2 Joining & Wrapping Stage 1 Project 1 Joining

  1. Fascinating experiments.

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