Following on from my last blog post this one continues the story of the 'Going easy on the makeup' quilt. Last time I mentioned that I would move on to playing with some ideas. I like this way of developing a quilt, I find that it is a good way to find out what works and what doesn't.
So, this post is more of a rambling running commentary of what I was thinking and what I tried out next.
For the lips I decided to cut a paper stencil and try it with Markal oil stick and acrylic paint. I also wanted to try fusing a piece of red organza onto the voile and the machine stitching over to add a little detail. The results were varied, but each gave a different effect. The Markal did not show particularly well, so I discounted that idea immediately.
I hope you are getting the general idea - lots of trying out different ways to achieve what I have in mind.
The benefit of this is that I can use the samples to choose the best option for the quilt. I also get to explore different ways to use the materials I already have and find out what works and what doesn't. What I discovered here is that acrylic paint takes surprisingly well onto voile - and perhaps unsurprisingly, Markal oil sticks don't.
I also discovered that even with 2 layers of soluble stabiliser, machine stitching through one or two layers of voile puckers the fabric too much for what I was trying to achieve. I tried hooping the voile - but even with very careful hooping, hoop burn added to the distortion of the fabric.
After a lot of trials and thinking my solution was to use a combination of fused organza and hand stitch with embroidery thread, rather than use the machine. This is how the eyes turned out. I hope you agree that the effect works and the time I took to experiment with different ideas has paid off.
Scroll down to see how it turned out.
This isn't quite the finished quilt - I am keeping that a secret until the exhibition it is hopefully going to be part of in June.
UNFOLDING STORIES 2 - An exhibition with Contemporary Quilters West, at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, Somerset, June 24 - July 5, 2016. I hope to see you there!
Thanks for reading. I hope you have enjoyed sharing in the progress of this quilt.