Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bits & Pieces

Here are the results of yesterday's dyeing fest, using up old dyes. As I mentioned in my last post, in addition to numerous half yards of muslin, I dyed small pieces of various natural fiber fabrics as well. Some of the best pieces are the small ones. I low water dyed four plastic shoe boxes with numerous fabrics in each, six quart sized plastic tubs, and a gallon jar parfait style. I'm quite happy with these fabrics and my stash is getting rather large!

And these are my three study pieces for the Convergence challenge quilt. The final piece is quite different from these, although I can see the evolution. Nevertheless, I don't think I'm giving anything away, here, which is why I'm showing them well before the group reveal on May 15.

This first piece is a fat eighth that I painted with numerous layers of watercolor crayons. Then I did columns of fine stitching on the stabilized fabric -- I was trying to do a thread sketching kind of thing, trying out different stitches. The straight line vertical rows and the rocks are the actual quilting.

The next piece I painted with Dynaflow and salted, then layered and quilted after drying. I showed a small section of this piece several posts ago.

The last study is made entirely of fabrics I stamped a couple weeks ago. I tried a different kind of facing on this piece than I usually do, and I think it turned out too bulky.

So there you have it!

12 comments:

Gerrie said...

Oh, I like these, Connie.

artymess said...

I love the stitching on the first one and the feel of the third one ........what a great stash of dyed fabrics you have it has inspired me to dye some fabric today ...Lorna

maggi said...

Love the studies and the dyed fabric is gorgeous. It will be interesting to see how the studies translated into the finished piece.

Approachable Art said...

I love to see the progression of a series or a study, thanks for showing us! My favorite is the final piece, the watercolor crayon piece. Serene, yet edgy. Love it.

ASpinnerWeaver said...

Very interesting. I will look forward to seeing your piece at Convergence. I was going to take a dyeing class there, but it was already full.
~Annie

Judy said...

Love those pieces Connie!

xo

Nora said...

How lovely, Connie, you do this so well.

Jan said...

Really like all of these and especially the first one. The fabric is yummy... Thanks for sharing your process.

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

I love the quietness of this work. Beautiful color and your choice of line in the quilting tops it all off.

Diane said...

Gorgeous! I love how your composition and colors and stitching compliment each other so beautifully. That first one with the rows of stitching is so delightful!

Judy Alexander said...

These are all great...boy am I in trouble......

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Gorgeous Pieces. Thanks for sharing the process...very interesting...and they look great.