Wednesday, January 28, 2009

No. 16 fiber applique



Not much progress this week; I've begun couching the first layer of fibers (the big dark blue pile on the right) to follow some of the structural lines I quilted on the piece. Lighter fibers will be layered on top of these as I progress. I saved all the snips and tails of the holographic/metallic Sulky thread I used to machine-quilt the piece (that's what's in the plastic bag) and I'm recycling those for the hand work.

I'm having a hard time resisting the urge to tack down everything (the point of using dimensional fibers like these is to let some of it hang free, but it looks messy to me.) I also hate the dark blue on the piece even though I know it's necessary to give the illusion of depth. Right now it's stick city, but I hope it will look a little better as I layer on more/lighter yardage.

5 comments:

Tammy said...

I keep wanting to make an art quilt but really don't know where to start. Do you have any tips?

Lynn Viehl said...

Tammy, I subscribed to Quilting Arts magazine, which prodded me into trying to make my first art quilts. In each issue they feature a lot of interesting techniques that lean more toward the mixed-media trend of contemporary art quilts. They sometimes feature articles that are free to read on their website and have a newsletter with tips and techniques (I don't know how good the newsletter is as I get the magazine at home, but it's free for anyone who wants to sign up.)

Dawn Montgomery said...

Thanks for the tips, Lynn. I can't wait to see this project unfold. :D

Tammy said...

I've been a subscriber to QA for a long time - missing issue #6, I think - and I LOVE looking at their projects and things. It's not a materials list or how-to guide I need, but where to START mentally, I guess. I have been a piecer and pieced-quilt designer for so long that just the idea of starting an 'art quilt' freezes me up. But I want to. But what if I screw it up and it looks stupid. But they're so cool! But... How does one approach such a thing? There's no pattern to follow, no accepted standards to meet... And there are so, so many cook things. Threads and paints and dyes and dolls and books and bags and other materials and and and and and and and!

Anyway, that's what I was wondering. Mentally, how does one approach beginning an art quilt, not where to find a materials and technique list. Sorry if I was unclear.

Lynn Viehl said...

Tammy wrote: I have been a piecer and pieced-quilt designer for so long that just the idea of starting an 'art quilt' freezes me up. But I want to. But what if I screw it up and it looks stupid.

Do you remember the first traditional quilt you made? If you were like me, you probably made some mistakes with that. So I think you first have to give yourself permission to quilt something that may not turn out so great. You might also try to do something small first -- the very first art quilt I made was really just a fancy beaded bookmark. As lame as it turned out, I had fun doing it and I learned from the mistakes I made.

Mentally, how does one approach beginning an art quilt, not where to find a materials and technique list.

I'd pick something that means something to you personally -- like a person, event, color, element, etc. -- and use that as your theme. You already know most of the techniques involved, so try one of the simpler ones. This month's issue of QA has a great technique by a lady who uses Elmer's Blue Gel School glue as a dye resist, for example; if you've ever hand-dyed fabrics it would be a fun technique to try.