I love adding surface design, texture, beads, artistic thread work, yarns, and other types of embellishments to my wall quilts. I think these things, when well done, can take them to a different dimension turning what may be an already nice pictorial/art piece that would be acceptable for someone’s wall to a treasure of a piece that makes the viewer want to stand and look at it for a long time or makes them happy every time they pass by it.
“Well-done” in this case by no means implies perfect, symmetrical, or formal, but it does mean interesting, the right amount, beautiful, technically good, or just plain fun. Sew this is what I strive for, although I suspect I will still be trying to make these things work as I see them in my mind’s eye to the last day of my quilting/fabric art life (which I plan on doing for the rest of my life). But that’s one of the many things that makes playing in my studio so much fun. Here are a few examples of such work.
Sew this week I bought a needle punch attachment for use on my little Bernina 350. I particularly like the way this little machine, which I purchased to have a machine to carry along with me to classes and other events needing a machine, is rapidly becoming an essential in my studio too. It will be my “embellisher” now and I also have found it makes wonderful bobbin work with specialty thicker threadsm and makes perfect piecing possible. I am kind of excited about this. I plan on making interesting bits on some of my pictorial quilts, like steam clouds coming out of a steam locomotive, tree barks, fluffly little animals, and other interesting textural areas. I just got a package of wool roving in a variety of natural colors to try it out with. I also think I will get some other things that work this way…ribbons, sheer fabric pieces, ????
Sew happy everyone! Try a little embellishing if you haven’t yet and if you send me photos I will post them if you don’t mind. Send to BettyJo@bjfabricartistcom