Monday, April 20, 2009

Experimental Creations

This weekend, one of my groups had a virtual retreat and flowers was the theme.
I decided to make a piece based on a fraktur and then I got the brilliant idea to use some old pearl cotton I had.
I realized after I used it, that it was thicker than the ones in the store. Not a good idea. I made a few holes, in the eye area, so I double punched it and then used glue to make sure the floss would stay. I ended up using 6 strand floss for the background and punching it in a one height, so the design which is in a 3 height stands out. Hard to see in a picture. So, now I know, do not use thick cottons on weavers cloth;)



Then I decided to try watercolor on some laid paper I bought. I read that the original frakturs were done on laid paper. I usually use heavier weight water color papers. I used a freebie design by Twigs N Sprigs to make this cute little picture with saying. It is done in black ink and then I used watercolor pencils for the colors. After I painted it, I let it dry a bit and then used watered down antique ink to age the paper. It came out nicely and the paper held up well, to the water.



Then today, I decided to over dye some floss. I used rit dye over pinks and purples. I used about 1 part black, 1 part green and 2 parts red. I tend to add colors and when it looks right, I pour it in.

Here is what it started out as.



And this is what I ended up with.T he purples go from light to dark shades and the pinks are dark to light. It will be fun to see how they punch up.

7 comments:

cynthialeedesigns said...

Hi Debbie,
Love how the bird design turned out. I got some punch needle designs at a quilt show last year and I really need to take some time to try my hand at making one of them.
I like how the dye made your colors darker...more prim and not so bright.
Hope you have a great day.
Cindy

Brenda said...

OMG! I love the punchneedle, it's stunning and that watercolr? Well, let's just say I thought it was an embroidery until I read the post. WOW! I need to learn how to do that, it's awesome. I'm your biggest fan, I just love your "stuff". =)

Miz T. said...

Your fraktur bird turned out beautiful! And so did your watercolor! You have an abundance of talent and skill. Your flosses have wonderful varigation and I can't wait to see what you create with them. Nice work as usual!
Hugs,
Lauri

ohiofarmgirl said...

I love how you overdyed the floss. I never would have known how to start but it looks just wonderful. Dianntha

A Quilter Awakens said...

Hi Debbie,
Thanks for your encouragement. You are right, if I get well and miss the class, I would be major bummed out. I love the over-dyed floss. You write such good information that I may be inspired to try some new things! when I feel better, that is.
Karmen

appleberrycottage said...

Debbie,
I love how the bird punch turned out! Do you know what is the thickest floss you can use on weaver's cloth? I've been experimenting with 6 strand floss, and an now wondering if there's anything thicker to use (in a large Cameo punch needle).
Laura

WoolenSails said...

I have heard that you can use pearl cottons, but the ones I used were from a yard sale and thicker than what you can buy now. The best way is to experiment and see how the fabric takes different threads.

I am beginning to wonder if it is not the new needles I bought, they seem scratchy and might be cutting the fabric.

Debbie