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Saturday, 31 July 2010

21 flowers

I have to tell you that I really enjoyed making this.
I enjoyed the random piecing. 
I enjoyed using up the pile of purple and pink that I thought I would never find a use for.
I enjoyed recycling some old black denim jeans which I hope you agree has helped to tone things down.
I enjoyed practicing my free machine quilting skills, without worrying about the outcome too much.
I enjoyed adding the "21 flowers" that have hidden a few mishaps!
I was inspired to do it after completing this
More photo of it on flickr here

Monday, 12 July 2010

A Fine Figure of a Man

Many years ago I spent a wonderful summer on the island of Crete. I worked part time as a holiday rep which allowed me to finance myself for 6 months but also meant that I had lots of free time to explore the island.

This fellow is taken from a wall painting taken from Knossos. This guy is the "Prince of Lillies"
I imported a postcard image into my computer and traced around the outlines. Printed it out on paper and then traced the design onto fabric.
I used undiluted fabric paint and fabric markers for the brown, blue and black elements, and the skin tones were done using an oil stick which I also brushed over the whole surface because it gave a nice "chalky" effect
reminiscent of old plaster walls.
Here are some images with the added stitched detail.