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Hide the Yellow, AP 105

I’m back to share another polyester stretch velvet art piece. So far I’ve displayed Around and Around, Mint Shake, Retro Vibes, Follow the Lines, Autumn Jazz, Around the Square, Soft and Fuzzy, Disco and Hide the Flowers. All of these art pieces were created in May, 2019, while participating in the Susan Lenz class at Woodland Ridge Retreat. Each one of them has it’s own unique qualities and this one is no exception.

Known as Hide the Yellow, Art Piece 105, it measures 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. The base of this item is a blue floral cotton fabric. Cotton is used because it doesn’t melt when the polyester is exposed to extreme heat. Several layers of polyester shapes were fused on top of the cotton. They were then treated to a warm zap by a wood burning tool. Even if you look closely I don’t think you can tell where the melting occurred since I tried very hard to camouflaged it.

The process of creating art with polyester stretch velvet was a huge experiment. While I was truly impressed with the items my instructor, Susan Lenz, had achieved, my outcomes were not quite so stellar. In this instance I had used a very bright yellow polyester for one of my layers. I am fond of bright and bold colors but for this project it turned out to be a bad idea; the obnoxious yellow took the attention away from the other elements.

To tone down the blazing yellow I fused a layer of webbing over the entire surface. Strategically placed teal and gold polyester shapes were adhered to the webbing. To distract the eye even further I embellished this specimen with hand and machine quilting as well as black and gold colored beads. All of this trickery inspired me to title this project Hide the Yellow.

Hide the Yellow, Art Piece # 105

Each time I begin a new project the outcome is a mystery. Sometimes I have happy endings and other times not so much. Thankfully my odds seem to fall on the positive side. While Hide the Yellow is a bit odd I have added this one to the successful column.

Thank you for sharing your time!

Warm wishes to you and your special someones!

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Hide the Flowers, Art Piece 104

Time once again to add another finished item to my portfolio! This fiber art piece is the ninth in my series of 14 polyester stretch velvet creations. Links to the other members can be found here. Measuring 7 3/4” x 9 3/4” it was assembled from both polyester and cotton fabrics. To add interest rows of hand stitching was incorporated.

The layer of fabric directly beneath the teal velvet was the inspiration for Art Piece 104’s name. Although it would be nearly impossible to tell, the reverse side of the material was printed with a rather ugly floral image. To camouflage the disturbing design I decided to flip the fabric over and use the underside instead. This change in orientation inspired me to name my piece Hide the Flowers. Hide the Flowers is currently for sale at Raven’s Wish in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Warm regards for a cozy and productive day!

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Disco, Art Piece 103

I always enjoy sharing new additions to my portfolio. Today’s specimen was the eighth miniature fiber art piece to be created while in attendance at the Susan Lenz class at Woodland Ridge Retreat in May, 2019. Links to the other members of the series can be found here. Known as Disco, Art Piece # 103, it measures 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Disco was created from polyester and cotton fabrics. To add extra pizazz I incorporated one gray and black bead along with hand and machine stitching. I named this item Disco because of its fluorescent colors. Their flashing neon presence reminded me of the era when polyester stretch velvet and disco balls were the “in” thing.

With warm wishes for a wonderful day!

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Soft and Fuzzy, AP # 102

I really enjoy working creating visual art. Vintage buttons, tattered cloth, well-loved quilts are items I try to incorporate, whenever possible, into my projects; polyester stretch velvet would never have entered my mind. While participating in the Susan Lenz class in May, 2019, at Woodland Ridge Retreat I learned to appreciate its many possibilities. The small item I am sharing today was initiated during Susan’s class.

Soft and fuzzy are adjectives used to describe, among other things, texture. The name chosen for this fiber art piece, Soft and Fuzzy, was selected because of the various velvets used. All five layers were adhered together with a fusible webbing. Unlike several of my previous items, this one was not covered with a layer of mesh which left exposed the soft and fuzzy feeling of the velvet; hence the inspiration for the name.

Soft and Fuzzy, AP # 102

Soft and Fuzzy measures 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Staying consistent with the other members of this series, this item was framed with a black cotton border. Except for the nine French knots all of the quilting was added with my sewing machine. Since the velvet fabrics were fused together I saw no need for stitching over their raw edges. Soft and Fuzzy, the seventh of fourteen polyester stretch velvet projects, makes a wonderful addition to my portfolio.

With warm regards!

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Art Piece 98: Retro Vibes

Continuing in my series of polyester stretch velvet art is the addition of this little gem. Named Retro Vibes because of its jazzy appearance this 7 3/4” x 9 3/4” art piece is the third item in line.

Art Piece # 98: Retro Vibes

Compared to Around and Around and Mint Shake this project involved very little melting. I primarily used an iron and a fusible product to meld the velvet sections together. To mimic the silver sequins, seen on the soft blue fabric, I added circular white buttons as well as silver beads. Three purple beads and a matching colored Perle Cotton thread were incorporated to echo the purple polyester stretch velvet. Also integrated was mint green Perle Cotton thread to bring more focus to the like colored stretch velvet. Rounding out the doodads is a very fine layering of fused sparkly threads. The last stage of this project was to add borders, quilting, etc.

Retro Vibes is a wonderful addition to my polyester stretch velvet experiment. Keep watching for the fourth member in this series.

Warm regards,