Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ART PROMPT - #16 – Cover up something - Part 2

Quilt Documentation # 180

Can't See the Forest for the Trees

Can't See the Forest for the Trees

When I left that post this is where I was at:

Grid covered background

I thought that this could look like a sunset through the trees?????? maybe???

So I decided to add more trees, this time using "felt" that I could cut and/or burn into the shapes I wanted.

trunks pinned in place

I first stitched the trunks in place and then thread painted all the branches.

I cut a paper pattern for placements of the bushy branches and then used the pattern pieces for cutting/burning the black felt.


burning edges using patterns as a guide

As it is very much winter here, I needed to set up where I had a fan, for me, that meant on the kitchen stove. Here's my set-up: A ceramic floor tile on top of a raised cutting board (for height), soldering iron, steel wool for cleaning the point, I also use it to set the iron on, a metal chop stick, and a mask. Wear the mask and turn the fan on!

setup under stove fan

It turned out I had two different kinds of black felt and they burned quite differently.
The one on the left got very shiny and glossy when burned, so probably more polyester content.  Hard to see on photo.

Different felts - different looks

I free motion zig zag stitched over the burned branches to attach them to the background.
I added a sleeve, a plain black binding and a label.


Even though I like the looks of the burned felt, I don't especially like the texture, it is rough to touch, not smooth at all.

So, this is what I started with:

What needed to be covered up

And this is what I finished with:

Can't See the Forest for the Trees

Can't See the Forest for the Trees - back

See you next time,



ART PROMPT - #17 – Find something unusual to add texture


One prompt, one project (taking as long as required to finish the project)

It's OK to finish or use a previously started project (UFO) as a starting point.

Make something creative.

Use any Media.

Blog about the project.

Pick another prompt once the project is done.


Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Terry: as always, this is very cool. The texture and depth is just incredible. You are brave to burn this felt inside... anything that requires a mask counts me out! haha. I love that you've shared all your steps here, thanks so much.

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Very interesting process, and fabulous end result!

Annette Schultz said...

Cool ... love this quilt. The depth for the forest that you created works sew well .......great job
in stitches