More experiments with UFOs

More experiments with UFOs

A couple of years ago, I was making silk paper just for practice.  I decided to try to cover a bowl and make some ruffle edges.  But it was a disaster. I used an acrylic medium to help give it substance, but all that did was make it stiff and unmanageable.  I tried soaking it in soapy water for a couple of days, but that didn’t do anything either.  So it went into the “pile.”  I’ve picked it up a couple of times thinking I could use it for something, but nothing came to mind. Sorry about the fuzzy picture.

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Recently, with the Second Quarter challenge to revisit our UFO stash, I pulled it out again. This time as I thought about it I started pulling it apart, peeling off layers.  I wondered if it would still felt, so I looked through my stash and found some yellow batts with unknown fibers.


It felted just fine, some parts are still stiff, but most of the thinner areas still had the silk shine. This piece will probably be made into a coin purse.

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But what to do with the rest?


Another UFO was a piece of prefelt I had cut for “lace” in Fiona Duthie’s Surface Design class.  I put a piece of habatoi silk under it and felted them together.  I’m not sure what I’ll do with it.  But I like the bubbly effect of the silk through the holes.

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Then I found a frame for the cityscape.


While I haven’t made a big dent in the scraps and UFO pile, I feel good about trying some new things.

13 thoughts on “More experiments with UFOs

  1. I love the colours you used for your silk paper, Marilyn, and they work really well with the yellow 🙂 I’ve got lots of silk/other fibre paper I keep meaning to play with. Your holey silk piece would probably make a nice lampshade or lantern. The frame works really well with your city scape.

    1. Thanks Zed! I have other silk papers, too, I need to use. The holey piece is small it would have to be a tiny lamp. LOL. I’m sure something will come up for it. It felt good to “finish” the cityscape. 🙂

    1. Thanks Lyn! The scraps may still become a bowl or vase. I appreciate the link.

  2. I love your ideas, it’s a treat to make a piece into something you never thought it would be, going back to your original idea of the bowl and ruffles could it become a bowl with the extra fibres?

    1. Thanks Carole! Thanks to Lyn and Ruth I may give it another go. I’m not sure about the ruffles, but definitely into something new. 🙂

  3. I have a pile of silk paper I need to use too. My pile of stuff that isn’t finished is humongous so I know how you feel. The silk paper would make a nice bowl as Lyn suggested. They are easy to stitch because you don’t have to be precise.

  4. Thanks Ruth! I’m so glad Lyn pointed out your tutorial. It would be a shame to waste all that silk. :-). Yes, the piles keep growing much faster than we can use them.

  5. The pinky purple silk looks great on the yellow. I like the way the silk bubbled up through the holes in the felt. It is amazing what a difference a frame can make to a piece isn’t it.

  6. Thanks Ann! It’s always fun trying new things and rewarding when you finally finish something.

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