Wednesday, 22 July 2015

"Colours of my Mind" because these are the colours I want in my head!!!

I have stitched the pieces of material around the central copy of the beach painting. I tried to use the colours that would extend the painting out to the edge of my picture. The line of hand-tacking is a good 1/2 inch or 1.5cm past the edge of where the picture ends, giving me plenty of room to run trims over the edge and giving me a decent turning over the board when it's finished.

Any "wobbly" areas or seams will be covered with trim, beading or embroidery so won't be noticeable. The main exercise for today was to get all the pieces of material attached to the backing fabric. So far I like what I've done.  I've also dyed some lace to use as grasses on the sand.

Some of the colours show up darker than they really area. For instance, the dark purple on the left is actually a shot silk in purple and pink and the ugly "grey" patch on the right is really a beautiful mushroom pink velvet.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Meditation Crazy Quilt picture

Today I started tossing around ideas for a new project.  I found this oil painting in a charity shop and it looked so peaceful and tranquil - almost like an unspoken prayer.  I loved the pale colours especially the sky where the mauve flows up into the pink.  Anyway, I took the picture out of the gold frame, scanned it into the computer and then printed it on Photo paper.  After that, I machine stitched the A4 material image onto backing fabric and I've started messing around with various colours and tones of material to try and extend the picture out on all sides.  I'll use the original to refer to when I want to add grasses and seaweed to the sides and bottom edges. 
 The original painting is on the right, while the same image transferred onto material is in the centre of all the toning scraps of fabric which I will stitch around it to create a crazy quilted border.  I have a stunning image in my head but getting it onto material to frame is a whole different matter!!!

I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew this time.  Watch this space because believe me, it will be just as much a surprise to me as to anyone else.

This is the original serene. I loved it on sight.