Finally, the new avenue I've been exploring has come to the a happy ending. I'd never made or worked with rusted fabric before and it was an education. I had no idea that needling would be such a challenge.
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I ended up using beads to highlight the binding, just not the way I had originally envisioned. Instead, small black matte beads were scattered stitched along the top of the binding which compliment the chicken scratch embroidery on the body of the quilt.
A thank you goes out to Judy Simmons again for giving me the fabulous cabochon which adapted perfectly to this rusted fabric.
Elements 5 1/2" x 10"
Artist made rusted fabric, hand embroidery, bead embellished on body of quilt and binding.
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