Hot Pink in the Waved Feathers Design is my latest Featured Fabric. I was out walking with Miss Molly and saw one lonesome dark pink Fireweed. It was my last hint and smile of Summer, just wanted it to last a bit longer.
Every project starts somewhere. This one started with a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and a jacket pattern. My Snow Dyed Fabric is dramatic and I did not want it to compete with the body of the jacket. I hand dyed the jacket fabric and the flannel fabric for the batting. But it needed something else to give it life. That lead to experiments with all of the blue paintstiks in my stash.
Finally selected Iridescent Dark Blue for the Butterflies and Dragonflies. Then I was stumped on how to quilt the pieces.
Got inspired by an issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. I do love it when a plan comes together and it turned into a Garden for the Butterflies and Dragonflies. I love the subtle use of the paintstiks.
The Dragonfly and Ginkgo Leaf Jacket is one of the first pieces of clothing I made using paintstiks and stencils. It was the most nerve racking by far. I had just enough Hand Dyed Fabric to make the jacket, any mistakes could have been fatal.
The dragonflies are all done using Iridescent Silver, with a few having Iridescent Dark Blue bodies.
The Ginkgo leaves were more of a challenge. Matte Beige was used as a primer, followed by Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green. I used Iridescent Gold for a light wash over to top to add just a little sparkle.
Four Seasons is a paintstik & stencil project. A real attention grabber. It is created using the Aspen Trees Stencil and the Mini Iridescent sets Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Matte Ivory Black. White Silk/Cotton Fabric is the base fabric, in each panel I started painting in the background using the lightest color of the season, followed by the medium, then the darkest. When the background was the way I wanted it, Blue Painters Tape was applied to the outside of the trees. The Ivory Black was added to add definition and show off the trees.
Falling Leaves is one of my favorite jackets, it is easy to wear and it has pockets. It is also a paintstik project that evolved, it started as a simple jacket and ended up rather dramatic, never fails to attract attention.
The original panels are the ones you see on Hand Dyed Gold fabric. I uses a wide variety of leaf and vine stencils, Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green with a light wash of Iridescent Copper on the edges for the panels. Below is a close-up of the back panel.
The black (Left Side) of the jacket is were it received it name, I was walking in the wood with the dogs and saw the leaves falling and knew that was the way to finish the jacket. The same paintstik colors but on black this time.
Fire Tree was inspired by wildfires, the colors and intensity of the wildfires are breathtaking and frightening at the same moment. Yes, I was up-close to several wildfires during my years of guiding in Alaska. It is a sight that stays with you.
Fire Tree started with a Hand Marbled Fat Quarter of Fire in Feathers Design. Branches Reversed 12″ x 12″ is the stencil with three paintstik colors, Matte Ivory Black, Chocolate or Asphaltum (I don’t remember which, Dark Brown is the key) and Iridescent Gold. Started by putting down a very light layer of Ivory Black as a primer, followed by a nice opaque layer of Dark Brown and finally a light wash of IR Gold to give depth and sparkle.
One of these days quilting will happen, but currently I am far to busy making more Hand Marbled Fabric for you.
I was asked for photos of some of my Paintstik Projects, only to discovered I am a bit behind at posting a few things. Spring Maze/Autumn Haze is two blocks and just by changing the setting you can create two completely different quilts. This is the Spring Maze version. I concluded that the blocks were so bright and bold that hand dye border was required. My obsession with Paintstiks continues. Spring Maze looked very organic, a field of wildflowers in full bloom. You will find ferns and dragonflies in two corners and a few little dragon flies randomly in the several center of the blocks.
I love it when a plan comes together. The fern and dragonflies added a wonderful little something to my wildflower garden.