Monday, December 10, 2007
Ruby In The Emerald Forest is the first quilt (29.25" X 35") in Part II of my Nature Series where the main focus is negative space. Part I was a study on depth perception, consequently, the goal here is to contine with this depth perception while adding in another factor regarding negative space. Ruby consists of 50 pieces that are machine appliqued and embroidered. The tree that she rests on is made of various upholstery fabrics. For the leaves, I hand dyed some warm and natural batting and perle cotton, cut out each leaf and couched some yarn along the veins. The background is a piece of hand dyed cotton by Ellen Anne Eddy that I further embellished with Caran de Ache watersoluble pastel crayons and Shiva paintsticks to similate the water and shrubs in the foreground and middle ground. This piece is machine quilted with over 50 different colors of predominantly rayon thread with some metallic thread in the water. The tree trunk was constructed separately from the body of the quilt and acts like an envelope that encases the right side of the quilt. Edges are satin stitched. While I am happy with the overall results, I think that in order to fully gain an understanding of negative space, I will have to venture higher into the tree branches for the next quilt in my series. With regards to this study, I have to wonder if depth and negative space are one and the same thing for in order to have negative space, you have to have depth. And in order to achieve depth, you have to zoom out thus giving you this sense of void or negative space. I think that the two act in tandem to give dimension.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Screech was made from both commercial and hand dyed fabrics. Bark like texture consists of dyed batting that has been felted with yarns and dyed cheesecloth. Yarn has also been felted onto background fabric to create further grooves and texture in the tree trunk. The knothole is layered with tulle and fibers that were fused to wonder under to add shading. Painted with Derwent Inktense pencils. Inner circle closest to owl is made from the back of an upholstery fabric to impart a rough edge. The owl is made from dyed cheesecloth layered with snippets of fabric that have been fused and thread embroidered in a featherlike pattern. Machine quilted. The sides have a wrapped edge binding but the top and bottom are left with a rugged edge that is machine stitched and painted with Tsukineko Inks. Screech and Little Boy Blue can be seen at the Heritage Museum in Seymour, Missouri on Sep 8, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Just finished the first quilt in my tree series. I decided to name it Little Boy Blue. It is 18X24. My focus is on trees but trees by themselves can be a little boring to some, so I added a Bluebird for interest. I really enjoyed making this quilt. I tried to concentrate on texture and so for the bark, I took both commercial and hand dyed fabrics and fused them on a background. I painted some Tyvek with Shiva oil paintsticks, cut it in small pieces and applied heat to give a raised effect, then touched them up with brown Tsukineko ink. I also took a fat quarter and wet it and then tied it up in a ball and let it sit in the sun for a week, then dried it in the dryer to give it a crinkly effect. I cut it in smaller pieces and added some dyed string and fibers, topped it off with dyed cheesecloth and stitched the whole thing down. For the knothole, again I used hand dyed fabric, and played with trying to achieve depth by using Caran de Ache watersoluble pastel crayons and Derwent Inktense pencils. I worked from a sketch, which I blew up to get the pattern for the bird and layered blue cheesecloth over a blue piece of fabric, then added snippets to try and attain a feathery feel. In the end, I learned alot and am stimulated to try and create some more pieces similar to this one with different colored birds. I think the next one I do in this series will be a Screech Owl. Guess I better get sketching.
Posted by Barb Forrister at 5:06 PM
Labels: Little Boy Blue
Very, very nice.
August 11, 2007 5:46 PM
Tina Marie Rey said...
This is a great piece! I love love love it! what amazing texture - bravo!
August 11, 2007 5:59 PM
The depth you achieved on the knot hole is amazing. I wanted to reach in and pet the bird. This is really beautiful! I can't wait to see the others in the series. Thank you so much for sharing this. :)
August 12, 2007 9:57 AM
Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...
This little quilt has amazing texture and is quite realistic. I would say the little bird is an indigo bunting, not a bluebird. I enjoyed looking at all the posts on your blog. Jeanneallthingsquilty.blogspot.com
August 17, 2007 8:13 AM
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Calm Before the Storm
Sky is handpainted with DecoArt SoSoft and Pebeo Pearlescent paint. Clouds are made of polyester fiberfill captured under blue tulle. Lower strata cloud layer is composed of painted batting and dryer lint that has been hand felted to a piece of acrylic felt. Bottom edge is irregular to further convey that stormy feeling. Sides and top edge are bound by matching raw edges of binding with front of quilt, sewing and turning inside out. Edges on back side of binding is slip stiched. I love the calm and tranquil feeling this piece imparts