July 26, 2010

Impressionistic Art Quilt - "Poppies with Blue Sky"

I created another "Impressionistic" style art quilt over the past week. This was a custom art quilt for an order I received via Etsy, and I'm so very happy with the results!! I fussed a bit over the larger poppies, as usually I use fussy-cut fabric from commercially printed fabric for the main in-focus blooms. This stretched me creatively and I tried a few different ideas before finally settling on using the center from the commercially printed fabric and creating my own poppies using large fabric pieces cut into petals, with layers of chopped fabrics on top to help the blooms blend in with the rest of the quilt. On this piece I also did more "thread sketching" than I ever have before - there is an entire spool of black thread in this quilt! I love the effect that the heavy outlining gives and I think I'll do this more in the future.

This piece measures 25" long by 19.5" wide, and is not entirely finished yet - I need to add the binding, hanging sleeve, and a personalized label - but I couldn't wait to post the pictures anyway!! : )

Here is "Poppies with Blue Sky":

Here are some additional detail shots:

The only problem with creating custom orders is having to send them away in the mail!! ; )
Really - I'm so happy I got to create this piece for "Spook" on etsy - it was an absolute delight, and she is so encouraging and has such inspiring ideas. I'm very grateful to have been able to create this for her.
(Thank you!!!)

July 14, 2010

Another Sari Ribbon Pillow!

Here is the new square-shaped sari ribbon pillow, part 2 of the custom etsy order I'm working on.
This one is to go along with the round one (previous post) and still includes aquas/blues/purples for the sari ribbon colors. I did a lot of extra beading on this one because I had so much fun with the colors!!  I like the way the edging around the centerpiece turned out too - I used several different novelty yarns/fibers and twisted them together, and couched them down around the edge with a zig-zag stitch.

Also - on this pillow I added a couple of extra special touches, including sewing another border around the outside edge - although subtle, it gives it better shaping, plus reinforces the overlap on the backside of the pillow a bit more - to allow a bit more tug and pull as it is stuffed with a pillow form. Also, on the overlapping fabric on the back side, I added velcro closure, to make sure that the case will be completely secure.

Here are the photos!! : )

Last, this is how they look together!

July 12, 2010

Silk Sari Ribbon Pillow - Custom Etsy Order

I met another wonderful person on etsy, who had the vision of using my silk sari ribbon pillow in a new and challenging way - and I'm so pleased with how it turned out! She had purchased new linens for a bedroom in royal blue, and wanted me to use only aquas/blues/purples for the ribbons, keeping the black background.
This wasn't quite the challenge - as these are my favorite colors as well! : )
The challenge was to create a *round* pillow instead of square - and I love how it turned out, so much that I might have to make one for myself!! I'm so happy she had the creativity to envision this pillow with only those colors being used, and round instead of square - not everyone can look at a photo of something and imagine it as something else entirely!! It was very inspiring.

Here is a shot of the pillow which she looked at originally,
or the "before" shot (which is also in another post on my blog):

Now, here are the photographs of the pillow I created, using her ideas!

(Please note: I have difficulty with my camera (or perhaps it is my monitor which has poor color quality), capturing the aquals/teals in any piece I photograph. To me, in person, this pillow has many more aquas and teals...I hope it is visible on other monitors, as I didn't play with the color balance on these photos at all like I usually do.)

This is created using high quality black cotton as the background, which I layered on top of fusible interfacing to help give the front side some shaping for its final form, as well as some sturdiness for sewing on layers of the silk sari ribbon. I had a lot of fun going through all of my skeins of silk sari ribbon to find all of the aquas/blues/purples - and I *love* how they look all layered together!! We opted for no trim, because I felt it would only detract from the design - it is already very textured and layered - a piece of textile art!

I did quite a bit of additional embellishment with hand-beading, and created a center of layered fibers sewn in swirls around the center, with some purple raw silk ribbon cut into a circle and layered for the centerpiece background. I tried using several different large beautiful buttons for the center - I even tried silk flowers, flowers I created with ribbons, layered fabrics, beading, etc - the center was a very tough decision!  I eventually rummaged through all of my embellishments, and found the perfect piece of "bling" - a vintage jewelry piece that was in the shape of a flower, with the beautiful royal blue stones - which would match the color of her bedspread - perfect, if I do say so myself!! : )

Soon I will be posting another pillow similar to this one, except this time square - I'm excited to see how the two pillows will look side by side. I'm sure it's going to be gorgeous!

July 9, 2010

Custom Creation for Etsy - Silk Sari Ribbon Journal - "Passion" Theme

A wonderful, very friendly and inspiring artist contacted me via etsy to create a custom order for her - an art journal that would be used for a round-robin style collaborative piece.

For now I am just going to post photos - however soon I will modify this post to include ALL of the details on how I went about this project. : )

I would love for any of my followers to visit the etsy page (at least!) of the artist who commissioned this art journal - she has amazing, whimsical style artwork!!  Please visit Rosanna's Etsy Shop - and see her website links also - fabulous work!!

Here are the photographs for now (I'll update soon, I promise!!)

Inside front label page, with contact information for the owner of this new journal:

Heavy Textured Watercolor Paper - Cut in varying sizes to allow overlap and texture within the journal:

Colorful Inside Pages - a variety of different types of papers

A Close-up of the Silk Sari Ribbon Textile Art on the front cover of the journal:

A better view of the spine - and the silk ribbon which holds the inside rings in place:

One last photo - a different view of the front:

~ Thank you for looking!! : ) ~