Monday, April 27, 2009
Colorful Joyous Sunday
My creative juices began flowing again this weekend. On Saturday I sewed ripped strips of cotton cloth and sewed them together (as seen in last of these colorful pictures) then I sewed strips of green, turquoise, red, and orange tissue paper on top of the fabric. On Sunday I took a piece I had knit using hand dyed cotton ribbons from Vivian and started sewing them slantwise across the fabric and tissue strips. I did that on both sides leaving an open V shape in the middle. Then I took more of Vivian's ribbon http://desertbloom.typepad.com/desert_blooming_right_now/and started sewing spirals all over the piece. I used my free motion sewing foot on my machine for all of this sewing. I broke at least five needles. When I tried to sew more variegated thread around the finished spirals and broke yet another needle I decided to move to hand sewing. I am now in the process of sandwiching the piece (you can see the white batting yet on the whole piece. It of course will be cut out/around when done) and hand sewing/quilting around the spirals and other lines made by ribbons and cloth. It may call out for some bead work too. We shall see. It felt strange the week after the gallery entries to be "out of creativity juice"; and then I was over joyed to find it had returned! Therefore, the present title: Colorful Joy! This art quilt/wall hanging is 25" across and about 23" tall. Doesn't it look like a painting or color crayons gone wild? click on photos to enlarge to see details and MORE COLOR! ;-) It is highly textured, as the ribbons are heavily frayed and sit on top of other materials making hills and valleys to run fingers along and through. This photo shows Saturday's early work of the under foundation that you really don't see much of now that it is worked on top!