Friday, July 18, 2014


This 'make do with the fabrics you have' project continues. Because I'm spending so much time hand quilting something for our local quilt guild show....this one had sort of been put on the back burner.  

In case you missed the past posts on this subject.....all these fabrics are results from various Fiber Junkies meetings. (A group of 6 who gather once a month to explore different techniques.)  It's loads of fun, but so often I'm left with such small samples that don't work together or are challenging to incorporate into other work.
 The fabric I liked the best made great tree trunks.  It had been dyed, over dyed, painted, and then stamped using oil 4 different meetings!! Talk about indecision! After cutting narrow strips, it's now been fused to the background and secured with machine applique.
A not so interesting deconstructed screen printed fabric was the base for some more stenciling using oil pastels....simple embroidery adds textures to these trees.
 And some French knots were added to just a few trees.
Okay.....I couldn't resist......yes I started beading along the quilted sun ray lines......  
And a rarity.....I sat most of two afternoons in my studio completing the beading.  I almost always reserve handwork for the evenings....but with my other evening project I was too anxious to wait on this one.  
FALL FOLIAGE  18.5" X 17"  © 2014
Artist dyed, overdyed, printed, painted, stamped 
cotton, embroidered, and bead embellished

I'm linking to Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday and Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday.


Nancy said...

The beaded sun rays really add to this piece. Very nice, and if you stopped to count up all the techniques used in the fabrics, it might take awhile! Oil pastels on fabric? Does it smudge, or do you seal it or something?

Jayne said...

Spectacular! This turned out beautifully!

LA Paylor said...

hard to know what superlative to use. The balance is great, fabrics too. LeeAnna Paylor

Snowcatcher said...

What a treat, especially the beading! Not many can incorporate so much into one piece and do it effectively and aesthetically!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Yes yes yes to the beading! Just love that sun & its expansive sinuous rays.

Robbie said...

What a surprise piece!! It's great!

Nanette said...

I really like this. Such a great composition.