Friday, January 23, 2015

Through the Leaves

I've been finishing up samples from former workshops. They are 3/4 finished so little has to be done and they work up into nice little pieces. If our PTA group exhibits at Pisgah again this year, this type of piece fits well. I used to teach several workshops in machine needlelace; this was one of them. In this workshop, students did machine lace inside appliques of medium size; this was one of the steps in the process. 
 It needed something in the center so I added a silkscreen of a tree - I'm so predictable.
 The screen itself was a little fuzzy in areas so the print was not super clear - I liked that effect.
 I used a screen which filled a good portion of the center.
 It needed more so I went back with gold metallic paintsticks and Lumiere paint to highlight areas of the tree. I also used a black, very fine Pigma pen to outline some of the tree. The leaves were machine appliqu├ęd and the entire piece - free motion quilted.
 I decided to mount this piece on burlap and wrap it around a 16" x 20" canvas. I liked the
roughness" of the burlap as it worked well with the organic feel of the leaves.
 It was wrapped and stapled to the back of the canvas and then covered with a fabric to make a nice, clean finish. Picture frame wire was added for hanging purposes.
And the finished piece.


  1. A beautiful piece. I'd bid on it if I was there. Love those leaves. Thanks for the process.

  2. Hello Judy,

    What a lovely picture!

    Nothing wrong with being predictable. Trees and leaves are always beautiful, and the shadowy bare tree in the middle is so atmospheric.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

  3. I like the "dead of winter" branches with the autumn leaves. And your gold paint is a good thought. It links the tree and the leaves better (imo.) Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Just found your blog; your art is beautiful! I have seen some fiber art before but now...WOW!

  5. I love the bare tree with the leaves surrounding it. Kind of wistful. Thanks for sharing how you embellished the tree and mounted the fabric.