Sunday, 7 September 2008

....on a roll now!


UFO's never kick start me into anything but after reading C.June Barnes (book mentioned in previous post) i decided to resurrect this piece which is at least three years old. It was loathed(as a whole) by the time it had put it together, although there were still small areas i liked. OriginallyI had wanted to create spaces behind to "use" as well as those on the front surface so had used dyed silk organza when piecing. Text was printed onto fabric which was then applied behind the sheer spaces as well as appliqued flowers. Although little bits of it were still liked it was too messy with colours that really weren't working. So....... I dyed it.
Do i like it now??? Not sure.
I lost the translucency to some extent as my cotton batting took the dye amazingly well making it very dark. In real life if you take a close look the text is still visible. The poly cotton fabric is, as you can see, very light. Stitching is now very clear as i used a synthetic thread in places and the cotton thread used took the dye differently to the surrounding fabric.
However, now feel i have a "more cohesive" surface to paint, print and work further onto. Watch this space.... may be a long time, ideas would be welcome.........
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4 comments:

quiltchick said...

I like it..........my wadding didn't dye like yours did....we got very different results! Looking forward to 'playing'.

maggi said...

Love the effect you got. It looks far more striking now. Isn't the book inspirational? Have just run up some samples and am now waiting for the rain to stop to go into the garage to do the dyeing.

Homeleightigger said...

Hi Dot - looks good to me, though that doesn't mean YOU like it any better than it was before - I'm trying to 'read between the lines'! If you don't feel precious about it, how about cutting it up and reassembling it? How big is it?

sharon young said...

What an amazing change the dye has made to this piece. I agree with you it's much more cohesive now and seems to suit these lovely warm tones.