Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fiber Art for a Cause

I've blogged before about being invited to be one of the 100 artists to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.  You can read all about it here.  I thought and thought about what my contribution would be and started looking through my small pieces to see if one of them would be appropriate and I came across this piece that I had made and framed.  I thought it was a good representation of my work.  It uses only my hand dyed fabrics and has a lot of free motion quilting.  I thought it would be perfect.



It is 9 1/2 inch square mounted to an ecru 12"square mat.



Detail
It looked just fine up close but when I put it up on my design wall and looked at it from a distance I thought that the circles blended in with the background and needed some definition.







So I went around each circle with a running stitch using a darker shade of the the circle's color. I enjoyed doing the hand work, something I haven't done in a while.





Much better, I think.  You can see some of the other art on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/d_boschert/the-100-fundraiser-to-fight-cancer/


I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.  Co check it out.

12 comments:

Virginia A. Spiegel said...

Norma, A great artwork for a great cause. Thank you!

Hilary Florence said...

I love the design and fabrics you have used in this piece Norma. It didn't strike me that the circles were disappearing, but now you have outlined them I think you were right!
Happy New Year
Hilary

Martha Ginn said...

Lovely work, Norma. I'm behind because of my knee surgery, so I enjoyed reading catch-up on your December blog posts. What marvelous Christmas displays!
Happy 2015!

Linda M said...

What a difference that little bit of stitching made, it was good before the added stitching but now it really pops.

Regina B Dunn said...

That extra stitching adds a lot of energy to the art. It's a very attractive piece.

angie said...

Norma, this is beautiful. I love the complex simplicity of your work. And the hand stitching does kick it up a notch.
I'm very inspired by this piece.

The Inside Stori said...

A fabulous piece and a generous contribution.

Laney said...

Love this colorful piece and I agree it looks better with the circles outlined. Happy New Year!

knitnkwilt said...

I can see the improvement of the outline stitching; I wish I could have looked at the original and seen what it needed.

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Great art for a great cause. Congrats on being selected to participate. Love the piece and your "improvements".

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Norma. Lovely piece to donate. I enjoyed reading all the Christmas posts--the decorations, the tour of the botanical gardens (amazing), the trees. May 2015 be full of creativity, joy and peace!
best, nadia

LA Paylor said...

your hand dyes are so pretty I liked the subtle color variance with the circles... anyway, I'd love to have one like it. LeeAnna