|Photo courtesy of|
the CRM Society and the
Glasgow School of Art.
To wit, I've been exploring ways to create grids, including surface design, and the work of Beryl Taylor -- specifically her diamond grid hanging shown in Mixed Media Explorations (QuiltingArts, LLC, 2006). This is a step out on a limb for me, as I far and away favour working with fabric over paper and glue...but in the course of this work, I decided to go ahead and try a couple of samples.
I began by making what Ms. Taylor calls "fabric paper", with a piece of muslin, basic white glue, and assorted paper and tissues:
|Paper fabric hanging to dry|
|Paper fabric grid mounted on felt-backed silk|
with stencil ready for paint
What I did was this: I had an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of acrylic felt which I covered with a piece of thin silk fabric from a bag of scraps recently given me by my friend C (from her friend, G in Calgary). I then cut a piece of the fabric paper, and stitched it down over the silk piece. I further stitched a grid of rectangles over the whole thing, and cut out every other one to make the grid...but left space at the bottom because I wanted to test out the layout and impact of a Glasgow Rose motif stencil. I did the stencil in gold -- it turned out rather well -- and mounted the entire thing onto a larger piece of the fabric paper, stitching it down by hand all the way around on the pink silk. (Sorry, no photo taken. Later -- I promise!)
The upshot of all this was that while I liked the effect, I don't want to work with fabric paper in a large size. It's messy to make, and -- more importantly -- too stiff for what I want to do. However, it gave me a sense of what the work could look like if I combined a grid and the rose motif, and I learned something new in the process. Oh...and I have one more grid sample to make from the left-over material (again -- photo to come; I promise!)
Meanwhile, back in the woods... I made up a large version of "A Walk in the Woods" that needs to be quilted for my 15 x 15 "Contrast" theme, and then I thought about interpreting it on blue background, like this photo:
Yesterday, I dug out some of my own hand-dyed blue fabric, a closely woven cotton, that would be tough to use as sky because it had some 'spots' on it that were very uneven. I thought about how to paint it, and decided to use freezer paper to create a mask. Here's what it looked like partially painted:
It's clipped to a piece of foam core for stability, and sitting on the counter in my south-facing sunny back room, but you get the idea.
So...as of today, two pieces are ready for quilting, and a third is on the wall in a life-sized mock-up of paper and plastic film:
|(L) Mock-up of "Homage to CRM" (working title)|
and (R) painted "A Walk in the Woods II"
- The Japanese Taupe Quilt design is making slow progress: the medallion centre block has half the applique finished;
- And the traditional medallion quilt from the door prize I won a few years back looks like this:
- Pattern: "Carpenter's Star" -- technique designed by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage. The kit contained all the fabric for the top, and the pattern for a 70" square finished piece. I've gone back to my Craftsy class with Ann Petersen - "Quilting Large Quilts on a Small Machine" -- and will be doing this with her advice and guidance. There are 4 borders to add; all but the outermost are very narrow. She's given me some great options for quilting the central motif and then adding borders in such a way that there's not too much bulk in the seams. That said, I don't have enough batting to do such a large piece, so it will have to wait for now.
- Knitting? Yes...as always!
- DD's "Elm" socks continue: #2 is cast on, and I've made my way past the ribbing, past Chart A and into Chart B. Much easier the second time around, now that all the pattern adjustments have been made and all I have to do is follow my notes. :-)
- As a respite from all the brown...I started a quick scarf from stash 'novelty' yarns -- Berroco 'Cliche Colors' and Katia 'Flash', a ribbon yarn in hot pink (both discontinued, I believe):
I recommend this book for those of you who aren't into designing your own knits, and/or are looking for colourful inspiration -- especially for what to do with those fun and funky yarns you might still have in your stash and which are making a bit of a come-back these days. It's Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers: Knitting with Simple Patterns and Amazing Yarns by Carri Hammett, Creative Publishing International, 2006. Mine is the hard-cover version, which has a spiral-bound spine so it lies flat when opened -- always a plus!
Now...off to quilt! But before I go, I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network -- because clearly, this week, I've got WIPs!