Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Improv

Happy Spring y'all!

Last summer I played with Tee Juice markers and made lots of 6 inch impressionist type paintings on fabric.
I have made numerous items with them, and this is the latest.
I saw it as a garden so why not revisit my hand embroidery days?

I used a variety of threads, and just played with them, seeing how the lines looked with different thicknesses and colors.

That was fun in itself!







I'll do more of that. See Xs and knots, and straight stitch and daisies.  I learned I prefer thick threads for a bold look.

When it came time to make it into something, I pulled out my improv mind, and started adding strips of scraps.
The quilting is done with a some free motion, some walking foot echo lines, and my very favorite program stitch...
One of the scraps is my painted fabric, the one on the right with a dab of additional glitter paint. Jacquard no longer makes starlight but it glittered like crazy!
You can see the Tee juice marker circles painted in this shot. I had about four colors, and dotted the fabric watching colors blend and move. I started with yellow, and added the others to see how they changed when overlapped.

You can't plan that kind of thing.

The binding was done by machine, brought to the front and then two lines of machine stitching on top with YLI gold metallic thread.
Look at the little flower beads, aren't they perfect?  My friend Cynthia surprised me one day with a wee bead container holding 6 kinds of beads and these were included. Love a surprise gift. The butterfly scrap was so little and ragged and just fit into this piece. Also given to me by a bee mate in a bag of scraps.


The whole piece is a bit larger than my IPAD older version.
So I plan to make it into a carrier for that. Don't know how I want to do it yet, but I know it will make me smile to see it each time.

Just make stuff, you never know where it will end up!



17 comments:

  1. I love it, I had no clue that it is possible to get such great effects... Happy Easter to you :o)

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  2. So pretty! Have a Happy Easter:-)

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  3. Love your fling into spring! I tried dyeing some fabric with leftover easter egg dye, not too successful......

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  4. Love all your pretty stitches.

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  5. Lee Anna, how clever you are to mix all these lovely mediums into a piece. I don't dye/paint often and then am hesitant to use the results (because they are usually ugly.) How smart of you use your pretty stuff. Jumping feet first into the season. Happy Easter.

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  6. Spring has sprung up there where you are!
    It looks so cheery!
    Just make stuff....that's definately a banner/header in the making!

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  7. Spring has sprung up there where you are!
    It looks so cheery!
    Just make stuff....that's definately a banner/header in the making!

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  8. Love to study the details. Nice quilt.

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  9. This is lovely! You have such a knack for finding just the right thing to do with any scrap.

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  10. This is such a HAPPY piece! The embroidery is perfect! Well done!

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  11. The butterflies and the little flowers are just perfect! It will be a very cute carrier! Thanks for sharing

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  12. So much fun in one little project! Love the added sparkle!

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  13. That is just plain fun! The little flower beads from your friend were an extra bit of love on it.

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  14. Happy Spring to you, too!
    I love when you play with color!

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  15. I like what you have done! It is so cheerful!

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  16. Another lovely project - well done!

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