I've had some time to work with my Windows piece - see last weeks post. I was never really happy with it - one of the things being the colors so I decided to change the color palette.
Through the use of couching threads and paintsticks, I created a very different look.
I love using paintsticks and find that I use them more and more.
Sometimes just a touch applied with a very tiny stencil brush (around 1/4" in diameter) does the trick. A little bit of gold and aqua were added to trees to help carry the new color theme throughout.
I also brushed a little bit of Lumiere textile paint across one of the fabrics for a little sparkle.
Then I had to decide where to put the borders - black on top or bottom.
Bottom won out.
I wrote on one of the fabrics with charcoal and since it was an art quilt, sprayed it with a fixative to make it permanent. The black border was an old Damask tablecloth which was dyed with a blue-ish black and worked well with the blues in this piece.
I stitched around the trees with monofilament and also gold thread to highlight it in places