National Nonwoven's designer program has provided me with some sneak previews of their new products. Years ago I fell in love with Xotic Felt, a Bamboo/Rayon blend. The colors are fabulous and the material is like working with butter....only sturdier of course!
This product inspired the following two pieces......
The 3 still nearly full boxes of Japanese fabrics gifted to me by my friend Helen are quietly awaiting further inspiration. I've already made several lap quilts but wanted to try my hand at a small wall art piece.
I'm not accustomed to working with such busy prints, esp. with a smaller scale piece.....so I'm treading in choppy waters, but enjoying the challenge. The plan was to create a 'background'....blending the prints as much as possible and to feature a high contrast design. Ta-Da.....bamboo....been there, done that, and I can do it again!
Since I don't draw....visits to the Internet help guide me. Since my pieces are intended to feature stylized designs....tracing or duplicating motif exactly isn't necessary or desired. This photo was my jumping off point. I wanted to have a light/sun image represented, as well as the silhouette of bamboo.Naturally I needed to buff up my motifs so they'd show up on the busy fabric!
The background was machine quilted with metallic thread. The bamboo was machine appliqued.
BAMBOO IN SILHOUETTE 20.5" x 24" © 2015
Commercial cottons, machine appliqued & quilted.