The Brookfield Craft Center, which has been struggling to stay open for the past couple of years has asked me to donate a piece to be sold at their opening cocktail party on October 15. It should be a nice affair with wine, food and live entertainment. Of course I said yes, thinking I would make a small fabric landscape quilt that would be mounted on an artist's canvas. I have done many of these before with success and knew just what I wanted to do. I like to take photos with interesting flowers in the foreground and mountains or water in the background. I had taken just such a photo on my recent Canadian Rockies trip. But this one gave me so much trouble.
Here is the finished product. Down below I will show you the ones that went wrong.
This was a first attempt. When I sew the flowers I like to use YLI Jeans thread. It is very heavy and makes a statement. They only have limited colors and I have every one. There are only two shades of pink and I thought the lighter pink would be too wishy-washy so I chose the darker one. When I finished I thought they were too dark and then tried to go over them with the lighter. As you can see it was too clunky and in general a mess. I hate to tell you how much work this was.
Then I thought I would just print the photo on fabric and sew over selected parts with Sulky rayon threads. It was OK, but I thought it looked too much like a photo and not like a fiber piece.
Detail of the thread work.
The piece is 5" x 7" and is mounted to an 8" x 10" canvas with acrylic medium. Even though the back will never be seen, I had to put a nice back on it.
And here is a detail of the one I'm giving them.
So what do you think? Should I have stuck with the photo printed on fabric and thread-painted or do you like the first one shown that is totally fabric?
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