Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
The summer is slipping away, but I hope you have enjoyed some down time while trying to stay cool! As always, I have wonderful plans of relaxing during the summer, but it seems like we are often more busy than during the school year! ;)
Some friends of ours celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on August 4th and as a gift, I made a grape hyacinth fiber art piece. :)
I knew I wanted to paint the flowers on the fabric rather than appliqueing or piecing them, so I started with a strip of PFD fabric and my purple and apple green dyes.
Using a watercolor brush, I used the dye just like you would watercolor paints and painted the flowers on the fabric. This technique is really fun and does in fact achieve, a "watercolor" look. I settled on the group of three flowers on the bottom of the strip, but saved the others for future projects. :)
Next, I auditioned some other materials to use. I found some pretty green tulle in my stash as well as a left over piece of green hand dyed fabric from another project.
At this stage, I'm not concerned about using everything I audition in the final piece. Instead, I'm seeing what I have available and if any other sparks of creativity occur with the new combinations of materials.
Since I had already decided that I wanted the flowers grouped together, I also decided that I wanted them to have a finished edge.
To do this, I used a piece of Sulky Cut-Away-Plus stabilizer cut to the same size as the flower fabric and using a 1/4" seam, sewed them right sides together. Then, I made a small slit in the stabilizer for turning, trimmed the corners and turned it right side out.
Next, I thread painted the flowers with two shades of purple Sulky cotton thread and the stems in a shade of green. I only stitched on the flower fabric which eliminated the pillowing from the way I finished the edges. The picture on the right shows it before I have done the thread painting. :)
I also decided that I liked the raw selvedge edge on the green fabric, so I cut it to frame the flower piece.
I cut a piece of 80/20 batting a 1/4" smaller on all sides than the green fabric, centered it on the back and then used KK2000 to spray baste it in place.
On the top, I centered the fabric piece and spray basted it in place. At this point, from top to bottom, is the flower fabric piece, the green fabric and THEN the batting. And before you get confused or think I am doing something completely wrong, I know this is NOT your typical "quilt sandwich"! :)
Hang in there!!! I promise it will make sense in the end!
I used the off white Sulky Poly-Lite thread to free motion around the flowers and to join all of the layers together. You can see the detail from the back in the picture above.
I hope you come back soon to see how it all turned out! Or better yet, subscribe so you get the next post sent straight to you! :)
I think people shy away from fiber art at times, because it isn't like "typical" art.
You know what I mean. Art that you frame, stick a nail in the wall and hang it up.
In the past, at my exhibitions, I have been asked by people, "How would I hang that in my home?" I always show them the hanging sleeve and the aluminum rod that I provide and I can tell that some "get it," while others still don't.
And that's okay.
Fiber art is different.
That's one of the things I enjoy about it. :)
Lately, I have started wondering about alternative hanging methods and I stumbled across some other SAQA members that attach their smaller fiber art pieces to stretched artist canvases.
Intrigued, I decided to try it out for myself...
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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