Friday, June 5, 2009

Peaceful handwork

I started working on this yesterday, and I’m completely hooked. I think it is because I’ve been doing way too much computer work, and I needed to do something by hand, something tactile and fluid. Something where my brain could mellow and the work would take me where it wanted to go.

This started out as white fabric that was partially transformed in a soy wax batik class with fellow FAO member Janet Lasher (see previous post). Here’s what it looked like after that class, but before the wax was removed and before it was washed:

Here are some more shots of what it looks like now. I’m embroidering it with lots of different kinds of floss and thread, and couching down bits of thready fluff that came off fabric yardage after I washed it.

ooooh, this is highly addictive.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Linda's Latest

I have finished a small (16 x 16") embellished piece that does not have a name at this time.
It was basically an embellishment experiment using painted background fabric, metallic quillting thread, metallic mesh, buttons and soft modeling clay and beads.

Since completing this I have been concentrating on the first of my orchid quilts for our Fiber Art Options project. First I sketched the layout from my photo of blue orchids.

After that I chose a background fabric that I dye-painted and commercial hand dyes as shown. This is my first time working with bamboo batting. Will let you know how I like it.