Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace was created for the SAQA booth at Houston International Quilt Festival. It is the first of 3 pieces to be completed and measures 9X12. The background was screenprinted with procion fiber reactive dyes on white cotton and subsequently painted with acrylics to create depth and pattern to the ocean floor. The sea plants consist of both fibers and a dyed soft sculpted doilie that was painted with 3 dimensional paints to add texture. The turtle shell was made entirely from scrap pieces of fabric that have been fused with Misty Fuse. Love that stuff!!!!  Extra layers of high loft polyester batting were added to the shell to provide lift and dimension. The shell was also  beaded and embellished with embroidery floss. The head, arms, legs and tail have been painted with acrylic paints, layered with multiple layers of cotton batting and strategically tacked down as if allowing the turtle to "float" through the water. In the past, I have carried the sea plant patterns onto the background through stitch, however, I felt that a little geometric pattern would provide interest and a nice change in texture. Actual sea plants were hand stitched. Edges were finished with pillowcase style.  This is the first piece I have made in a while, following my sister's death. I am finding it hard to focus and am hoping that with time, the muse will return. Funny how grief can affect your creativity. Interesting observation....


Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your sister!
My husband passed away last year and my mom last month - one week later my sister-in-law died! I found that Bereavement meetings at our local Hospice has helped me tremendously and also my faith. I find that my work (quilting, photography and dyeing fabric) is like therapy for me.
I love "Chantilly Lace" !! but then again I love every piece that you do!

Barb Forrister said...

Thank you for your kind words. I am so sorry to hear of your husband, Mom and sister in law! That is alot to take in such a short period of time. My heart aches for you. I am happy to hear that art is providing good therapy. I know that at some point, I will get back in the swing of things, hopefully soon! Again, thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences and kind words of encouragement!