Thursday, November 13, 2014
Silks and Hexies in Fall colors
I saw elongated hexie papers at Lisa's Clover Hill shop in CT and thought what shall I do with them??
the link is here
Before my latest trip I cut silks, and reflective fabrics from my stash, and actual yardage, and made a little kit. No scraps this time, I wanted to use the silks I've amassed over the years.
My hope is it turns into an abstract Fall piece.
I basted the papers only through the fabric on the back corners, like I do with my plastic templates. It worked fine but the silks fray a lot, so I made sure to leave large seam allowances.
I make lots of basted sections before I organize them onto a piece of felt, pinning the units into place so they could be taken in the car or to bee. It went together pretty quickly. This usually means there are some left over after deciding on placement. Like starter bread! Waiting for the next project.
This is it so far. The plan now is to quilt in the branches and leaves with metallic or rayon threads. .
Abstractions are hard for me, I usually like looking at representational art on the wall. I briefly considered appliqueing a trunk or some branches, and still might couch some thick brown threads for the smaller branches. This is if I can stop moving the pieces around and finish it. I'm trying to decide whether to square off the outside edges by piecing in some half elongated hexies.
Some people say those take too long, or I don't like hand work. Well, it takes all kinds, and I love to keep my hands busy while the tv is on at night or I'm riding in a car. I have to say, I get a teensy little thrill when I baste a shiny silk onto a shape. It's like playing with colorforms.
(The above pics are taken on my portable design wall that opens up, is two sided and can be taken to classes. I teach it as a workshop)
For other hexie projects check out the labels on the side, my art or this is gonna take a while! ==>>