Rectangles and Squares, Art Piece # 167

Rectangles and Squares, AP 167

A learning experience:

I participated in a 2019 class taught by Sue Benner, a well-known fiber artist. The theme of the class was fabric fusing. Each project contains a backing, batting and of course a fabric layer. The top layer is created from fabric that has a fusible material adhered to the back. From those manipulated fibers shapes are cut. The shapes are overlapped 1/4” and fused onto a surface. Those steps are then repeated until a finished design has been achieved. Once finished the entire composition is peeled off in one piece and permanently fused to the batting.

My Project:

I used a variety of materials in my composition. Among them you will see hand dyed fabrics, hand stamped squares, and cheese cloth with raveling edges. Even the cheese cloth had a layer of fusible attached to it.

Once the layers had cooled it was time to add the quilting and other finishing touches. I quilted mine with a variegated thread. Using my sewing machine I stitched an all-over square-like pattern that emulated the shapes of my fabrics. I completed my composition with a binding, hanging sleeve and a hand stitched label. My finished fiber art piece measures 13 3/8” x 13 3/8”.

assigned identity:

Before creating the label for my project I needed to select a name. I chose to call it Rectangles and Squares because of the shapes that were used in the assembling of my piece.

Rectangles and Squares, AP 167
Rectangles And Squares, Art Piece # 167

a favorite:

I have used this process to create several other items. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to attend Sue’s class and learn her techniques. This process is one my favorite methods to use. Listed below are some of the items that I have made which use the same technique.

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

A Change Is Coming

Dancing Tootsies, AP 124, Closeup

I’ve been blogging, in one way or another, since 2010. Over the years I have shared information about family, my adventures at my little cabin in the woods, the fiber art classes that I’ve attended, as well as many, many other stories. Sharing them has enriched my life in so many ways.

A Handfull

The last quarter of 2020 was a particularly trying experience for myself and my family. During those days I spent a great deal of time evaluating my activities. The period of self examination helped me to rethink my priorities.

Mr. B, Ms. A and Beaker the Energetic Corgi

This blog is one of the may items I reviewed. There are currently 600+ registered followers. I have thoroughly appreciated every opportunity I have had to interact with each and every one. However, at this time maintaining the blog requires a level of energy that I would much rather spend on other activities. As a result I have decided to gradually phase out my participation on this platform.

A Gift From My Spouse

For the time being my blog will continue to be available, at this address, as a reference for the many articles and stories that I have published. New posts have been scheduled to release through the end of March. What happens to this blog after that I’m not sure.

One Last Glance

I will continue to maintain a presence on Instagram and Facebook. If you have a desire to stay in tough you can find me there. I have links to my accounts on my blog.

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!

Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166

Bodacious Flowers, AP 166

Time To Meet:

As the title of this item would suggest, this composition contains an array of bodacious flowers. I can’t tell you how much fun I had designing and executing the plan for this project. A great deal of thought went into the placement of each fabric and embellishment. Many, many hours were absorbed by the intricately applied hand stitches. All combined the full impact of the details can hardly be put into words but let me try.

layered quilt:

Several years ago I participated in a class taught by Heidi Parkes, a well known fiber artist. The purpose of the class was to introduce us to and teach us her layered quilt technique. Heidi begins with a layer of muslin followed by a single thickness of batting. The fabrics that build your design are the third layer. The fourth and final piece is a covering of matte, silk organza.

the plan:

I am extremely fond of flower gardens; in fact gardening is one of my many favorite past times. Because of my fondness I decided to execute a plan that would showcase my interpretation of an abstract floral garden. This garden contains only five flowers. These flowers, however, are bodacious by design. Nothing about them is bland. Even the faux soil beneath the three largest specimens is wild in nature.

Bodacious Flowers, AP 166
Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166

the most noticeable feature:

My chosen fabrics add their own sense of flair but it’s the stitching that provides the biggest impact. French knots are by far my favorite embellishment. Aside from the knots added to the components of the garden, each of the gold stars has one too. This composition has the largest number of knots I have ever utilized. In fact there are so many that it is next to impossible to count them.

There were of course other stitch designs used but their impact is not as flashy. The photo above as well as the following four images showcase the complexity of my design. If time allows, you simply must zoom in to examine every inch of this one-of-a-kind, magnificent item.

Bodacious Flowers, AP 166, Detail 1
Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166, Detail 1
Bodacious Flowers, AP 166, Detail 2
Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166, Detail 2
Bodacious Flowers, AP 166, Side View 1
Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166, Side View 1
Bodacious Flowers, AP 166, Side View 2
Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166, Side View 2

Fihishing touch:

To complete my project I added facings made from white cotton fabric. Also incorporated is a hanging sleeve made from the same material and a craftily assembled label.

on the back:

Before ending this narrative I want to direct your attention to the backside of my project.

Bodacious Flowers, AP 166, Back View
Bodacious Flowers, Art Piece # 166, Back View

A quick glance, at the image, will reveal a feature that is normally well hidden. The image I am referring to is my stitching. One of Heidi’s philosophies is to leave the backside exposed for all to see. She believes that the stitches and knots are, in their own right, a design element that is typically missed or hidden. Following in Heidi’s foot steps I decided to leave my stitching exposed too.

a proud moment:

This fiber art piece was by far my most rewarding adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the meditative aspect provided through the hours of hand stitching. I am very proud to have this magnificent achievement on display in my home. I hope that you will find it as mesmerizing as I have.

I have two other art pieces that were created using the same technique. If you would like to read about them, then follow the links below.

Art Piece # 089 Morning In The Garden

Art Piece # 117 Sentiments

thank you!

Before closing let me thank you for showing an interest in my activities. I am grateful for your participation and look forward to your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful day!