CREATING SWIRLING FOSSILS…an Art Quilt.
My work is inspired by nature. I love finding textiles with different textures to create art quilts. SWIRLING FOSSILS was started in a class with a wonderful teacher, Paul Schutte. That a piece of chiffon and a couple of strips of cotton fabric turned into a fossil art quilt, was quite a surprise to me and I want to share it with you!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Backing 55cm X 75c
- Loomtex Batting 55cm X 75c
- 100% cotton fabric 50cm X 70c
- Interesting patterned chiffon
- 100% cotton machine sewing threa
- DMC hand embroidery floss in different colours to match your background
- Strips of 100% cotton in a contrasting colou
- Strips of solid coloured chiffon
- Shades of grey to blue Isacord machine embroidery thread, depending on your colour scheme.
- Soldering iron
WHERE TO START.
- Lay the backing on a surface
- Put the batting on top of that and smooth it out
- Lay the 100% cotton fabric on a surface
- Set up your machine for free motion quilting
- Put the interesting patterned chiffon on top and distort it. Stitch through all layers
- Form the fossil shapes by using the 100% cotton strips in a contrasting colour and stitch through all layers
- Use a soldering iron to burn certain areas.
- Add in extra stitching/FM machine embroidery where necessary
- Enhance your work by hand embroidering French knots and tacking stitches in strategic places
- Square off your art quilt
- Sew a facing on the back to finish off your work
- Sew a hanging sleeve and a label on the back.
If you are passionate about textiles and want to learn more about how to incorporate my innovative techniques into your work, follow me on Instagram @tillydeharde and Facebook, Tilly de Harde Fibre Artist & Teacher and visit my website www.tillydeharde.com & subscribe to my mailing list. Please don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment box below!