In Threads issue #159, I demonstrate how to use slashing and punching to create texture in “Perforated designs” found on page 22. Here is an additional slashing technique just for fun–enjoy!
After I finished the article, I still had all the tools out, so thought I’d do a bit of extra experimenting. I had a pair of jeans that had seen better days, so thought I’d see what happened if I decided to impose a new design on them.
I decided to use the basketweave pattern I used in the article–it was the same width (roughly) as the trouser leg.
Using the existing pattern made it relatively easy–just punch through all the layers of the legs, so the design would be a mirror image on the back of the jeans.
Here’s a close-up–when doing this, be sure to pull the pockets up and out of harm’s way, or you’ll lose all of your loose change later!
To get the design up further than the thigh level–so I wouldn’t punch through the back pockets, I had to hang the jeans off the corner of the table. Make sure the poster board is still under the fabric before punching. Again–keep those pockets out of harm’s way!
The next step was to wash the jeans as always–hot water, hot dryer. It was a little like Christmas when I got them back from the laundry (I send my laundry out, this being New York)!
Here’s the front view.
And, here’s the back view. Since I punched them all the way through, I was concerned that the mirror image of the basketweave might look strange, but it doesn’t.