A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Friday, 3 September 2010

September Journal Quilt.

I took this  photo (bottom one) about a year ago, it looked like an old log with the bark stripped away. I love the texture and shapes formed by the ripples of wood.
I decided to make my September JQ in the style of this log, and washed a piece of calico so that when it was dry, it became all crumpled. I pinched small pleats randomly along the surface and machine stitched them in. When there were enough of these, I pulled it out as flat as possible without losing the crumpled texture, placed it onto some wadding and then free motion stitched circles of varying sizes in between the pleats. I also threaded my bobbin with some variegated perle embroidery thread, and free machined from the reverse to give more texture. I mixed up some watercolour paint and daubed this onto the surface in some areas to vary the colour. The quiltlet is bound with cream sari silk ribbon that I've al;lowed to fray.