Monday, April 20, 2015

The Wave and prepping samples for a workshop

I'm so anxious to get some stitching done on the Wave, but I'm giving a workshop on my birch tree method. in a week and I've got to get the samples and supplies ready.

At least, I ironed all the little bits that I added yesterday so I could clean of my ironing board.There are a few small changes that I made even since I took the picture. Now, it's laying next to my machine with some thread colors picked out. Also, I just ordered some colors that I'm missing. Hope they come soon.

While it was up on my design wall, I added some cheesecloth in the area where I want the white frothy water to go. I'm not going to use it; I just wanted to see how the white will look.

My workshop is on the shibori tree method that I wrote about in Quilting Arts magazine , April/May 2013. Even still, Im in love with this method.

After wrapping the can with string and some marbled batik,fabric which is scrunched down as I wrap, I dab on the grey/white fabric paint.

Removing the string right away prevents the wrinkles from getting too permanent. After drying, I heat set it and then add some grey shadows, some grey branches here and there, and the  black marks which are so indicative of the birch trees.

I've done the right side only to show the difference.

Here I'm auditioning some fused tone on tone white fabric for some foreground trees.

Before I fuse them down, I will add stabilizer to the back and do a little free motion stitching on the background.

It's been a pretty productive Monday, as I've got bed sheets on the line, I was snow shoeing (probably the last day before it rains) before noon, and I've thrown together a blueberry rhubarb crisp which is in the oven now.  I am tired, but a good tired as the saying goes.


What Comes Next? said...

The Wave is looking fantastic, and I really must give your birch trees technique a try - I love how they look!

Eileen said...

My goodness those birch trees look good.

Linda H said...

The Wave is looking awesome. As is the birch tree fabric. Lucky gals who are in your workshop!

Mystic Quilter said...

The Wave is looking great and I like the addition of the cheesecloth. You seem to have had a great Monday and I can almost smell the rhubarb crisp!!

Mereknits said...

Your workshop is going to be amazing. Love what you have done so far on The Wave, it looks terrific.

Threadpainter said...

Love the cheesecloth foam !
Really love the birch tree technique ! ;)