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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Step 3. Making the best of it.


After the mishap of my previous post, there was nothing to do but get stitching and add the missing white as and when. Those elements being redefined with the help of my original sketch.


Then it was a case of filling in with stitching!


Of course because I was in a hurry I decided to hand stitch the tree!!!!

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Step 2. Working out the design


(bit of Apologies if you have been waiting with bated breathe for my next installment on how not to make an Art Quilt. I had a great but exhausting time at the Festival of Quilts, plus a holiday, so have been a bit lax with the blogging)
So now this is where I sketched and sketched and refined the design until I was totally happy with it... ..or maybe NOT!!!
I painted the background fabric and without doing any sampling (big mistake) I went straight into getting my tree design onto the background.
I decided to paint some interfacing and cut out the tree from that. In my head I was hoping to stitch it down with some simple hand stitches that would be representational of the stitches I had seen on lots of baskets and other crafts like this.

Borneo Crafts

I fused the interfacing onto the background fabric and began stitching.

art quilting

Thankfully before I got too far I knew this wasn't going to work.
One, because the stitching was tearing through the interfacing and two, because I knew that I needed to reverse the light and dark. The white tree just wasn't working for me.

art quilting

So....the interfacing became a mask and I painted out the background with a layer of white.
All seems well but there was some residual glue from the interfacing left on the background fabric. 
I decided to wash it out, and this would have been fine if I had done a proper job of heat fixing the white paint!
I was in too much of a rush again. 
Needless to say when the fabric came out of the machine a whole section of the white had gone and the interfacing that I had removed was too much of a tangled mess to re-use.

tree of life

This is what it looked like before I washed it. I was too upset to take photo afterwards.
Oh dear!!

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Step 1. Inspiration


books

Before I begin to go through my process regards the quilt I talked about in my last post I want to clarify that this is not my normal practice here on this blog. I post tutorials and techniques over on my Quilt Routes blog. Here I like to 'show' without having to worry about taking process shots etc., to just go with the flow....apart from on this occasion :D

I had a lot of resources to fall back on for this piece without having to use the Internet.
My home is packed with artifacts and I have some great books, plus mountains of photos in boxes.
I had a look through the books and I made a half hearted attempt at some sketchbook pages.


My City and Guilds training should have made me spend a lot longer on this stage, a lot longer...but I was anxious to get started, and if I am truthful, finished. This is one I wanted to get done quickly but I know that the finished piece has suffered from my not spending more on this stage.

           
Straight off I wanted to do something based on the Orang Ulu Tree of Life design and somewhere in those boxes I know that there is a photo of my then two and a half year old daughter in front of the Tree of Life mural in the Sarawak Cultural Museum. I am still looking for that photo but this will show you what I mean. At this point I did a Google search and I have made a Pinterest board of some of the images that influenced me.
So, one idea down and I move head long into it....

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