Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sneak a Peak

Oh what a shock, blogger has changed the way you post, I hope this comes out ok.

Anyway, without further ado, let me show you a photo.

The drawing is compared to the fabric shapes
This first shot shows you a drawing of a lighthouse detail which I am representing in cloth. Basically this first stage was to break down a lighthouse into component parts and then to make them so they fitted back together. Quite long and involved it was too, I had to cut out the template shapes then apply them to freezer paper and then cut them out again and iron the freezer paper sections onto starched white fabric. Then I carefully cut around the fabric leaving a small seam which I turned under onto the other side of the freezer paper and secured it with pritt stick glue. I then assembled all of the parts together by sewing them onto a thin T bag paper backing.  Once the shapes were sewn down I could wet the T bag paper and cut away the backing of each shape in the centre to remove the freezer paper.
The result was perfect. The fabric was stabilised and turned under all ready to apply to my quilt, but before I did that I had to refer to the drawing and carefully mark on the white fabric the lines I wanted to follow for the stitching. I also wanted some permanent colour in there so used Inktense pencils by Derwent to apply the colour and then dampened it so it spread just where I wanted it.

I have started to machine embroider the railings on the lighthouse
This photo shows the stage I have reached with the lighthouse so far, I have placed stabiliser behind the quilt where the light house is and have started to embroider on with free machine embroidery the lines I want to emphasise. This is not quite complete and needs more doing to finish it off.
Hand coloured flowers with beads
I had made some flowers to go on the border of the quilt which are shown here, they were all cut out of fabric after I had coloured and tinted it with the Inktense pencils and some had a wash of pink silk paint on them too. It took 2 hours to do but the result is well worth it and they only needed a hot iron to set the colours so they will be colourfast. I used Bondaweb to set them onto the quilt and then machined around each flower to make sure it stayed in place. Lastly, I added beads to the centre of each flower.

3 comments:

Miriam Weaver said...

Wow, lots of work in this, it looks fantastic!

Rosalind said...

Love those colours-especially that lighthouse! It has turned out really well :o)

Aren't Inktense pencils wonderful?

Lyn Armstrong said...

Yes the colours are really good and I have to admit that was DH's input. He went to art college so is often consulted ere change that to 'roped in'.