Friday, May 13, 2016

MORNING IN THE MOUNTAINS

A dye painting session with the Fiber Junkies last fall yielded numerous pieces which intrigued me.
Clearly I have no drawing skills, but I hoped the wonderful colors would lead to a satisfactory finished product.
With a thin cotton batting on the reverse side, I decided to explore some of the built in Janome 8900 stitches.....starting with the mountain area.
After a lot of experimenting on scraps of fabric, I pretty much stuck to a single applique stitch.  The threads were all Sulky Rayon, some variegated, some not.
This mercerized white cotton was a second.....with a flaw.  Well, it wasn't a flaw to me...it was a design opportunity! 
My plan was to feature one very large pine tree to cover it up.......but that's not how it ended up.  You know how that goes, don't you??
MORNING IN THE MOUNTAINS    23" X 18.5"
Hand-painted and batik cottons, machine stitched.

See what other artists have been working on this week:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

12 comments:

Lena Pugacheva said...

The colors do a great job and so does your stitching! It turned out beautifully.

Lena Pugacheva said...

The color do a great job and so does your stitching! It turned out beautifully.

quiltedfabricart said...

What a perfect way to showcase the hand dye! Did you paint on the trees? Very effective. What paint did you use? Or is it ink? Or fabric?

Heather Pregger said...

Amazing colors! It is gorgeous.

The Inside Stori said...

Mary here.....The background is painted....the all trees are batik fabric...

Jayne said...

Wow! This is just gorgeous! The colors are stunning!

Judy Warner said...

Love how you have populated your hand dyed fabric! It transformed into a beautiful landscape.

Quilts and Such said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Love how you showed how it progressed. Fantastic Finish!

quiltpaintcreate said...

Great use of dyed/painted fabric, and you didn't even have to cut it up.

margaret said...

you have certainly transformed this dyed piece into a work of art so pretty

Gwyned Trefethen said...

So Mary, (I'd be able to pick your trees out of a line up) and those colors - only you would go so bold for the sky and pull it off.

The Idaho Beauty said...

I can't say why this made me smile so when I saw it complete. So much warmth glowing behind those trees. The fabric simply reads so differently once the trees are added. Peaceful, lovely, the stillness of sunrise. . .

As for the bazillion decorative stitches - isn't it the way? I too have spent lots of time trying out unpteen variations only to go back to a few more simple standard ones in the end. Interesting use of that ragged zigzag.