It may come as no surprise that I work a lot with textural fabrics. I love using silks, velvets and other interesting fabrics to create depth and texture in a piece. I am putting together some samples of how people can use non traditional fabrics in a traditional sense. For example applique. The elements of this piece are all from a Helen Godden pattern – Dolphin’s Playground.
I started with two off cuts of the Radiance, sewn together to create both a big enough piece, but a focal point.
I basted it on to some wading and stitch ric rac onto the surface.
Next I appliques some coral with pink/salmon/peach velvet.
Next I made a turtle. The turtle is cotton sateen (head, tail, legs), Velvet shell, and a commercial cotton I had in a draw.
Next I made some star fish out of some velvets and silk jacquards.
I stitched all the pieces as I went so that the appliqueing did not get complicated. I do what is effectively free motion applique – drop the feed dogs and go like the clappers around the edges of each shape.
I had some black and white and red fish, but decided that I was happy with out the red which would have dominated.
So here it is. New sample number one. What do you think?
This is not the best picture but I was running out of light. You get the drift though don’t you?