Thursday, December 22, 2011

Results of Cord Dyeing

Jamie's center fabric was dyed by pulling up the center of a square of white fabric and wrapping it from that center point to the edge with four cords. Starting in the center, a yellow cord was wrapped around the outside of the fabric. An orange cord overlapped the yellow, red overlapped the orange, and finally black overlapped the red. The cords were held in place with thread. When the fabric was dried and pressed, she cut out the irregular circle after applying a fusible web. The "flower" was adhered to the background and she satin stitched the veins and the outside edge. Once layered over batting and backing, the piece was thread painted and the background was tightly quilted.

Susan over dyed a hand dyed piece of cotton with several cords: yellow and red. Once dyed, dried and pressed, she cut her fabric into strips and incorporated it into her random cut blocks. The strips are a combination of commercial, hand dyed and soy wax batiked cottons. She embellished with buttons and beads.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Results of Variations on Handmade Paper

Jamie's paper was incorporated into the larger piece as part of a collection of knives, forks, and spoons. Using a stamp, she created a reverse design of the image with the foam sheet. The cutlery was colored with water color pencils.

Susan created her paper on a flat surface using colored glue. Just before her final sheets of kleenex, she added three fresh leaves. Their ghostly image is enhanced with watercolor pencil rubbings. 

Sue Anne used an enlarged picture of a key charm to build her multi-layered mold. The glue was colored and the inside of the key was painted with gold acrylic paint. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Results of Printing and Stitching

Sue Anne has used her printed cotton as the background for her collage about birds. The focal bird is a cocktail napkin that has been glued to muslin and attached to the background. The three dimensional flowers have a printed layer and are secured with a buttonhole covered bead. Washers have been covered with perle cotton in a buttonhole stitch and attached.

Jamie cut her printed and stitched cotton into sections and pieced them into this long and narrow piece. Several panels of color were sunprinted. The buttonhole stitches were applied with a variety of threads. Buttonhole covered washers and plastic rings were attached onto the surface after quilting.

Sue Anne had a few washers and rings left over from an evening of buttonholing. Surprisingly, they make a great center for a necklace.

Susan has combined her soy wax batik fabric with her buttonhole embroidery project. In the side panel are printed gold circles combined with lines of embroidery. The sprials in the soy wax batik have been enhanced with stitching and covered ring embellishments.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Results of Spraying Silk

Susan has combined several techniques into this one fabulous piece. Her silk has been pieced into the smaller quilted piece on the left which the beads run across. The other pieced fabric and the entire background are fabrics that she created using soy wax batik.

Jamie's piece was made using silk habotai that had been sprayed with several colors of green and blue. This piece was inspired by a trip to Tacoma and seeing many Dale Chihuly glass baskets.

Sue Anne created this piece by first masking the large circles with newspaper and spraying the silk with a very pale blue paint. She then masked the blue and sprayed the circles with yellow. The orange was sprayed on using a petal newspaper stencil. The last color - green for the leaves - was sprayed when all but the leaves were masked off. The piece is hand quilted with a running stitch and seed stitch.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Results of Thread Sketching

Sue took her inspiration from a knitting magazine cover with colorful dishcloths on the line. She used many values of thread to create the dimension in her piece.

Jamie sketched her four grandchildren with thread and mounted the piece in a black frame.

Sue Anne pieced her background before adding the colorful flowers. She used a free motion zig-zag primarily to fill in the flowers. Quilting around the flowers made them pop above the surface.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Results of Dyeing Cheesecloth

Jamie's Chinese Lantern is fused fabric with thread painting on a quilted background. The dyed cheesecloth which was pulled apart is applied to the surface with diluted Elmer's glue.

Sue Anne uses her dyed cheesecloth to form the skirt for this Victorian girl. The girl has been transfered to white fabric using TAP, cut out and fused with Misty Fuse to the collaged background.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Results of Transfer Art Paper

Sue Anne found a copyright free photo on the Internet, printed it onto the TAP and transferred it to a piece of rough canvas, which she then used as the centerpiece for her collaged paper fabric background. She created the background with old envelopes, fabric and other papers as well as stamps, stencils, lace and beads.

Jamie's postcard commemorates a trip to Maui. The map is printed onto cotton with the turtle transferred onto Lutradur and cut out. The small piece of mica overlays the island of Maui. All is adhered with Misty Fuse and tulle and machine quilted.

Sue's photo of herself has been transferred with TAP to a printed cotton and used as the focal point of her piece. Notice the wonderful bead work and driftwood in the right corner.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Results of the Soy Wax Batik Tart Kit

Sue's soy wax batik became the central motif of this piece. She started with white PFD on which she first stamped a circle in wax. The fabric was dyed with a light green and then overstamped with the leaf shape. She then overdyed the piece with blue dye. It is layered, quilted, and bound. The larger background was quilted with straight lines, meandering and the fern motif and bound. The batik layer is sewn to the top of the backgound which was colored with a Micron pen and embellished with beads.

Jamie's piece makes use of two batiked pieces: the large contrasting print on the right and the multicolored blue fabric behind the flower. The quilt top is pieced with additonal commericial fabrics and the Hawaiian hibiscus is needle-turned appliqued on the pre-quilted surface.

Sue Anne's piece started with the 1958 Bon Marche ad she found on the internet. She has used her batik fabric as the frame around the bathing suits and as the binding. The enlarged ad has been transfered using
Transfer Artists Paper and she has chosen complimentary fabrics and embellishments to support the year 1958.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Results of the Earth Day Art Tart Kit

Susan has created multiple layers of recycled items: the base is a 15 year old seminole pieced top on which she placed a paper towel colored with seta color, and a lime green shopping bag. She machine stitched the paper towel's printed design and embellished with cording from a gift wrap bag. The binding is a saved satin ribbon and the piece is hung from a branch that was pruned from her yard.

Sue Anne has blended patches from old shirts and plastic bags in the background piecing of her Earth Day Art. Over the surface hangs the applique motifs from a summer blouse she no longer wears. The quilt has been machine quilted and bound in curvy edges.

Sue Anne's second piece started with a rejected screen print. She layered lightly colored yellow plastic bags over the top and pressed with her iron which brought out an irridescent shine. The border fabric is a piece of snow dyed fabric that was overdyed with spray paint using a aluminum roasting pan as the stencil. The quilt is machine quilted.

Jamie's piece is inspired by Jeanelle McCall's article in the April/May issue of Quilting Arts. Instead of fabric, she used plastic bags selectively for the complementary color scheme. Before thread painting, all the plastic is fused together. The top layer is mounted over a onion bag and then is stitched to the front of another bag, handle and all.

Sue's Earth Day Art reflects her artist's influence as she chose the theme. The background strips come from her left over fabric basket. The palette is fused plastic bags with circles cut from paint chip sample sheets. She has added used paint brushes as embellishment.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Results of the Quilting and Painting Tart Kit

Sue Anne used a machine quilting practice piece and rolled on a pink Lumiere paint to use as the background for this small quilt. The woman in the center is a picture that has been copied and sealed with an acrylic spray. She used watercolor pencils to lightly tint the face, arms, and hair. The polka dot dress is tissue paper that has been put into place with gel medium. She has embellished the piece with scrapbook flowers, ribbon, and punched shapes. The piece is bordered on two sides with found lace.

Jamie's painted piece started as an unfinished hand quilting project. There are several layers of paint rolled onto the piece as well as area painting with a brush. The center feather is beaded and highlighted with a Shiva paintstik. It has been stretched over stretcher bars for hanging.

Sue used tulips as inspiration for these art pieces. The quilts are only free motion quilting and paint. Sue painted with Lumiere to give color to the flowers and highlight the leaves. The backgrounds are also Lumiere which was rolled on.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Results of the Artfelt Paper Felting Tarts Kit

Jamie used the felted roving for the zucchini blossoms in her final piece of her alphabetical array of fruits and vegetables. The design was lightly drawn on the Artfelt paper and roving laid within the design. After felting, the blossom unit was attached to the zucchinis and background with machine stitching. Thread work was added for additional details. A light layer of roving was needle felted in several places.

Sue shaped roving onto the Artfelt paper in a leaf shape and felted it. She thread painted the veins and placed it onto the corner of her art piece. The other techniques include stamping, embossing, bead and metal embellishing and quilting.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Results of the Paper Leather Tart Kit

Using paper leather for the skin on Jamie's Yam give this quilt a touch of realism. The paper was colored with the brown paint from the kit as well as chalks to give the orange highlights. The grungeboard is used underneath the paper for dimension and the ink is used as shadow. The quilt was quilted and mounted on a canvas covered with fabric.

Susan's sons are the Dryrock Gang! Their photo was transfered to osnaburg with transfer art paper. The paper leather is the piece of "hide" behind the poster. Susan used paint, Misty Fuse, and ink to create the leather. Painted grungeboard is the poster. Susan first painted the board black and then placed vinyl letters on the board before overpainting with an off-white paint. She then pulled the vinyl off leaving the black reverse stencil. These components were then attached to a pieced and quilted background. The paper leather is used to bind the quilt.

Sue Anne used her leather paper to make cowboy boots. The grunge board has been painted red to add the detail to the boots. The poster is a scaled down version of a poster that belongs to her mother.