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NEST TEA, A FIBER TEAPOT


 

 

Nest Tea is a fiber teapot, made by a specially-designed technique using multicolored thread.

  • This work, representing a teapot made entirely of fiber material, is the result of a novel approach I invented for making three-dimensional objects from multicolored thread.
  • The new experimental method involves creating cloth-like fabric layers from thread and applying those layers on a template framework of a clay teapot, which serves as a mold.
  • A water-soluble stabilizer (such as Sulky Water Soluble Stabilizer) is used to form a temporary sheet across the opening of an embroidery loop. Using free-motion machine stitching, I sew an all-thread area onto the stabilizer surface. When the entire area is completely filled in with colored thread stitchery, the light-weight stabilizer is dissolved by soaking in water. This frees the residual thin thread meshwork as a free-standing cloth-like layer.
  • A clay teapot is wheel thrown and fired. Large segments of wet thread layers are placed on the outer surfaces of the teapot. When air dried, the thread layers are sprayed with a fabric stiffener (like Aleene's Quik Stiffen) of the type used to make felt hats.
  • After thorougly drying the work in air, the clay teapot is shattered into tiny shards. The shards are removed to leave the all-thread teapot with its form intact. Colored beads are glued to the outer center of the lid, thus completing the work. This nonfunctional teapot represents the first successful prototype of the experiment.
  • The resulting fiber teapot is airy and very light in weight and feel. It is semi-transparent like a bird's nest.
  • Displayed at Teapots and Textiles by Meryl Ruth, a solo exhibit, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham, ME, 2016.
  • Date: 2016.
  • Size: [to be inserted]
  • Sold.

 

 


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