Saturday, September 25, 2010
Here's the quilt top with the bird from the previous post. I drew details with a colored pencil and finished it with a layer of acrylic varnish to protect the drawing. Next, I pieced it with other sections of similar surface design technique plus some commercial fabric. I used machine decorative stitching and hand stitching with French knots and seed beads.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
First, I made a copy of a bird photograph and enlarged it to 150% of normal. (Easier to work with.) I then cut it out with small craft scissors, then traced around it onto freezer paper. Then, I ironed it onto fabric (shiny side down). At this point I painted over the image with acrylics (don't thin them down too much - the paint will bleed under the mask). Next, I thinned out the colors with water when further away from the bird to soften the effect. Two examples follow.