Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Painted and Embroidered Quilt Batting






The last several days around here have been 'different' as that old navy man and I have been dog sitting with the daughter's dog, Trixie since last Friday. She is a very nice house guest...but must be taken out several times a day for a walk....if you know what I mean. We've no fenced-in yard...so walking we go. She went back home yesterday afternoon and I'm still not back to normal. On top of that, it's HOT and we could certainly use some rain. Right this minute it is thundering and I'm hoping some raindrops fall any minute!

I did finish that project mentioned in my last post, but have been unable to show it to the person it is intended for...she's away til later in August and I want her to see it before I show it to you. I've been wracking my brain all day trying to thing of something to post about and I ran across some things in my UFO drawer I thought you might enjoy seeing.

Here is a little embroidered 'painting' of a swan......made from quilt batting. (Approximately 6 inches square.) I used Warm & Natural batting....it's thin and works well for this technique. It is painted with watered down acrylic paint. I do dampen the batting a little bit first. As I've said before...I'm certainly no expert.....so this can't be all that hard to do if I did it. And, gosh it was fun! (I air dry these...preferably outdoors on a nice day! I also put a piece of painter's canvas...or something you don't mind ruining, on the ironing board, put the painting there face down, cover with a press cloth...and press. This sets the colors. Then I embroider. And, repeat the pressing after all the stitching is done. They turn out so crisp and neat that way. Although it isn't essential!)

First, I paint the batting. After it dries, I take a good look at it and decide what I will be embroidering on it....this one said 'swan' to me! Never having embroidered a swan before and not having a picture of one made it a bit of a test....however, when you are working with something this small....(the swan is one and a quarter inches from tip of beak to tail), things seem to look more realistic than they might in a larger size. I think this one turned out ok.
Naturally, I had to have a tree....some French Knot flowers and a few birds.

I plan on either using this in a collage on canvas, in a small crazy quilt, or in a frame. At this point in time, I don't know which. Notice there are more painted squares pictured here to play with....wish you were here to play along with me!

What do you think? Does this give you an idea of what you can do with those odd leftover pieces of quilt batting? Stay cool out there.....and take care, pat

12 comments:

Melissa said...

What a neat idea!! I really like these!!

Christy (botm2@yahoo.com) said...

Pat, your painting & needlework is, as always, beautiful. But, Hon, if you ever want to just say "It's too hot to type!" That's okay. We've just been dying around Chicago for weeks! It's too hot to breathe ... you can tell by my housekeeping which hasn't been done in awhile. I stopped moving when I got last months air conditioning bill and now just sit in front of the fan! Ha!

brenco1 said...

Do you have any idea how talented you are? It just oozes out and I love everything I see. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Beautiful Pat, peaceful ,
wonderful balance and composition

Francien said...

I have asked you ones before dear Pat: "is there anything you can`t do?"and you answered "tatting"but i bet that if you would try you would came up with something beautiful!! this creation is so amazing again...i never saw this before..embroidery yes and painting too ofcourse...but so stunning made together?!your work should be in a magazine or book!!
greetings Francien.

Amy said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!

FredaB said...

Very clever idea. I would never have thought you could do that so just goes to show ya.

I think I have some of that lying around from a project and one of these days I will try it.

Hugs

FredaB

Rosali said...

Gracias por mostrar estos maravillosos trabajos.

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Wow! This is awesome!

Glenda said...

Gorgeous! The batting gives such a nice texture to the project. The tree is my favorite :).

Barbara C said...

What lovely little pieces, and the images are so peaceful! Lovely work as usual.

vicki said...

I am in LOVE with this - total drop dead gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful!!

Vicki

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