Friday, June 30, 2017

EARTH'S BOUNTY - WALL ART

This piece took far longer to make than it might appear....and I'm just referring to the construction part....not the hours spent altering the fabric, both black and white silk noil. But, isn't that what we love about one-of-a-kind pieces?  They challenge our creativity, our design skills, and construction techniques!

If interested, check out its beginning on this post.  And if you wish to dig in further....here's a post from June 2015, about a 3 day dyeing retreat which included natural dyeing of some of the silk pieces. 

Let me also explain.....I had fully intended doing lots of hand stitching on this project....it's actually been awhile since I've worked on a major one.  Yet....once the numerous blocks were arranged.....a new idea developed.  That was to let the natural dyed pieces speak for themselves....and highlight with simple metallic thread machine stitching.  Sometimes less is better.
 EARTH'S BOUNTY  28" x 29.5"
Botanical printing, natural dyeing with turmeric, curry, blueberries, pine needles, iron water on silk noil, machine quilted
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11 comments:

Kathy said...

Smart decision! Beautiful result!

Vera Holmgren said...

They are lovely!!!

Linda M said...

Love it!

Windy Hill Happenings said...

You did a great job using your Eco prints...anxious to see it in person!

Vicki in MN said...

I can see that it took a long time to make, but so worth it, gorgeous!

Robbie said...

I hope others click on the picture to see the detail and metallic thread! Nice job, Mary!! Enjoyed going back to your first post.

margaret said...

a beauty and yes the quilting has worked so well too not distracting form the beautifully dyed pieces

Chris said...

Mary, this came out so great. I love the simple metallic quilting. Good to know your 8900 handles that type of thread that well. I know how frustrated you were with the machine. I might have to get out my rust dyed fabrics and do something with them.

Gwyned Trefethen said...

What stood out for me on this piece was the quilting. I love the random directions of the parallel lines. It feels very organic, as though they were sticks littering the forest floor. Hence a perfect match to the organic hand dyed fabrics being showcased.

quiltedfabricart said...

What Gwyned said :-)

You made the right decision

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

It's just beautiful, Mary! These lovely fabrics don't need more and the metallic thread was a good choice.