Friday, August 11, 2006

Histoires de boites �couture: Histoires de boites �couture

Histoires de boites �couture: Histoires de boites �couture

Building a tree

After I decided that my needle felting attempt was not going to produce a satisfactory tree,I started with "planB".....using Xpandaprint.

Xpandaprint is a thick creamy medium that expands when heated.It can be applied by brush,roller or sponge(I chose brush and spatula)
It comes in black or white and is non-toxic.
I used both a heat gun and a domestic iron to activate the medium.
It can be painted before heating,but I chose to do it after.

The pic shows the challenge, a rough outline tracing, and the first layers of
Xpandaprint laid down and cured.
I added extra layers as I felt necessary .
Mainly I was after achieving a rough outline,no dainty or interlacing branches as I felt I did not as yet have sufficient knowledge of the product.

Having decided to stay fairly minimalist the only way I could avoid blue paddocks,was to remove tree from background fabric and applique it to another background;I chose to use the sunprinted fabric because it supplied a hint of foliage.

Initially the tree was painted with Neopaque /Jacquard paints and then layers of Lumiere Metallics and Pearlescents were added to highlight texture. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Quilting completed

Last night I finished the hand quilting around the printed leaves,and said "finito" Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Mission accomplished


I'm not happy with the photo exposures,but this will give some indication of my Challenge quilt Posted by Picasa

Art quilt Challenge


Back in December 2005 I accepted a Challenge on one of the sites I visit regularly:
The mission,should I choose to accept ,was to reproduce my version of this picture!
Today,(except for needing a tad more quilting to emphasize some of the leaves)I'm declaring my Challenge is done.

I chose to work with the journal quilt format (8.5 x 11 inches) in order to include it in my folio for Aus_NZ_artquilters group.

The quilt has been a long while getting to a nearly complete style because I've been trying out new(for me ) methods as well as other projects.
It bears little resemblance to the pic provided,but I'm happy with the results and adventures along the way Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Samadhi and the Goddess


I had in mind to attempt "something like Samadhi" and call it a self-portrait!

These two ladies were created by Rita Weisse who was conducting a needlefelting workshop over the weekend down Murwillumbah way.
The post prior to this shows the results achieved by the students....and I'm not saying which is mine.!



Actually it was Needle felting,but as my frustration grew,it felt like sticking pins in a voodoo doll!
The occasion? I met up with an online friend and took part in a Needle felting Workshop by Rita Weisse

The aim of the workshop was to learn how to create a figure.
My goal was to attempt something like Samadhi but the result was more like a combination of Mrs Hobbitt with the Hag or Frankenstein!
As usual my ambitions exceeded my capabilities,so it's back to the drawing board!

BTW.....the two embellished figures belong to Rita;the others belong to the students! Posted by Picasa