This morning I finally stopped procrastinating on the wall art – I found myself starting on two unexpected projects. Yesterday I was going through fabric in my stash looking for fabric for the Federer piece and came across some Hawaiian bark cloth with large floral patterns which I thought could be turned into an interesting raw-edge appliqué piece on a raw natural silk background fabric:
I cut the fabric in thirds, isolating one repeat of the pattern, fused Heat ‘N Bond Featherlite fusible web to the back of the fabric, fussy cut the flower/leaves elements, then fused them to a panel of natural raw silk (backed with Warm ‘n Natural quilt batting).
Now I need to go through my embroidery threads and pick out colours to use for securing and thread painting the raw-edge fabric elements.
I also got a second piece underway – I had a small leftover scrap of a modern floral which I’d used years ago to make a wide-brimmed summer hat. I thought the cut out flowers, placed randomly on a pieced background, would be an interesting vehicle for thread painting – I started that this afternoon. This piece will finish around 10″ x 12″ – it’s a test run to see where this idea can take me.
So I’ve got two pieces to work on and maybe I’ll make some progress by the end of the weekend!
[Here are instructions for making this wide-brim hat, if you’re interested.]
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Oh my, I love this hat! What great fabric to start with. On your art interp of it, is the background from 3 pieces? What a fun project.
Yes the background is three pieces joined with slightly curved seams.
Judith, both these pieces are wonderful. The first piece reminds me, of course, of the silk painting we did with Agus two days ago. Can’t wait to see the finished work.
Jan, I bet you enjoyed the silk painting with Agus – I know we had a lot of fun doing that. I turned my piece of silk into a scarf and use it still