Sunday, February 28, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The hawk is from Urban Threads. It is stitched in three parts and is about 60cm in width. Quite the challenge to get it all together. I removed their registration marks as my machine didnt want to recognise them. I added my own cross marks for lining up. I have made up a set of Shisha Mirror designs that will go in to the shop later. The fabric is all painted. The hawk was stitched, and then painted gold with a couple of other colours added to try and 'age' him a little. There are a few layers of batting within the hawk to make him stand out. I do like a bit of trapunto.
Close ups - I quilted the fabric which was painted purple - my 'go to' colour - and then lightly sponged some gold on - it really brings out the design.
In the painting department, I have also been messing about with the good ole Jo Sonya and other acrylic paints in my hording cupboard. The fabric has coloured up nicely and is still quite soft after washing.
Not in love with this colour way, but I can always throw more paint on it!
This piece was the clean up piece. I used it to wipe out all the excess paint from the plastic cups being used. It almost looks marbled. I did a quick gold stencil over it.
Bought some cheap shaving foam from the stupid market, so will see how that goes for marbling this afternoon!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
This weeks efforts include having a go at a 'splatter' technique of flinging fabric paint all about. This piece of previously white homespun was treated with watered down fabric paint and some isoprophyl alcohol - find it in Bunnings in the paint clean up section - also known as rubbing alcohol. A few drops of watery black paint was then added. The birds are from Urban Threads - with 50,000 + stitches in each one. The quilting took quite a few hours (over 9). As a lot of it is double and treble times over I would guess at least 300,000 stitches. Just need to decide what to do with it now. I also have a piece with Ravens in the same style waiting for quilty inspiration. If you haven't heard of Graffiti Quilting, look up Karlee Porters work. She is my quilting idol at the minute!
I haven't put a backing on this - it may be a cushion or a bag panel - sometimes when you are trying new styles of quilting I recommend doing this - you concentrate on the front then and don't worry about what is happening on the back. This one wasn't too bad.
The birds have been given an extra layer of batting to make them puff out - trapunto style. I do mine like this.
Cut pieces of wadding/batting the just a little larger than the area you want to make look "fuller".
I use this glue for everything. I get it from Embroidery Source in Melbourne. I dont was time with quilt basting spray which I find is often ineffective. Before you start stitching, make sure it is dry and then your needle wont get gummed up.
Now the fun part (and yes that is with sarcasm) is to carefully cut around the outline. Dont get to stressed on the hard to reach places. Quilting will take care of these bits.
Now place a full piece of batting/wadding over the back of your work and start stitching!