Wednesday, January 31, 2007

WIP Wednesday

What have I been doing?I started out with a little fabric painting. I used Hoffman PFD cotton and Dharma Pigment Dye paint. This was my first time using this particular paint, and I found I liked the intensity better if I diluted it very little or not at all. It did tend to make the finished fabric a little stiff but not all that different from a batik.




I used my painted fabric to make the little piece below. I had a gorgeous cobalt blue leaf print in the stash, so I used that too. It added the just the right contrast and intensity I wanted.
Starting with the "ladder" structure of horizontals and verticals, I then sliced, repieced , and added until I was happy. I have started doing thread work but there will be a lot more before I am through. This is a little hard to needle by hand, so I may switch to bobbin work since I want to use the thick bold embroidery threads. It's kind of a pain to wind bobbins by hand, but I have had good results in the past doing it this way.

Oh, and I made a couple more pineapple blocks, so you can see what I mean about the secondary pattern. I am not sure how big this piece is going to be yet, and I am considering adding blue and cheddar blocks as well. We'll just have to wait and see.

Happy quilting everyone!


11 comments:

Gerrie said...

That piece looks like an abstract painting - influenced by
Emily Mason!! Nice.

Deb Geyer said...

Your work is wonderful!

Rian said...

Wow, gorgeous painted fabrics! And the finished piece is wonderful. I just gotta dig out the paints and dyes soon.

dee said...

Really interesting and intense colors. I like this. I haven't been brave enough to venture into dying my own fabric yet. You give me courage. Still loving that red&cheddar.

quiltnbee said...

Wow, beautiful! What fun!

Jane Ann said...

Jen, you must be flying these days. All that creativity flowing around you! Your work is just breathtaking. When I see your art I feel so in the wrong crowd (as in outta my league). Then I see your delicious (traditional) pineapple piece and feel a small kinship. Proud to be in such talented company.

jenclair said...

Jane Ann is right! You are in a creative flurry right now...how great is that? Love the painted fabric and the luscious pineapple blocks!

Shelina said...

Your fabric painting is wonderful, and so is the secondary pattern on the pineapple blok.

Heidi said...

Fantastic colors and a beautiful result! Your work is wonderful!

Beth said...

Very beautiful, and great job on the dyeing(painting?).

Suze said...

Ohh..nice! I need to do more fabric dyeing and painting..I just love how yours turned out. Time to kick meself in the hindquarters and order some dyes!