Sunday, October 4, 2009

Space Challenge Finished!


Well my first challenge for the Fast Friday Fabric group is finally finished! (Say that fast three time!)  I can't say that I'm completely happy with it, but there are some elements I really like.  I did end up using my daughter's complex cloth made from tempura paint and sea salt.  It worked up lovely - has a great textured and the color really set nicely with the iron.  I just won't throw it in the wash any time soon (grin). 

         The piece is only 18" by 8". I used a commercial print from Paula Nadlestern's designs for the little star bursts.  I embellished this with Glitter, holographic thread from Superior threads.  The shine you get out of this thread is crazy so I don't use it often.  It did move through my machine well though.  The last embellishment was fusible little gems that I bought at Walmart.  They went on well but getting them all ironed into place was a exercise in patience. 
         I finished the edges just using a free motion stitch all along the very edge.  I never did that before and I thought I would like to try it out.  The bit of green color and texture around the edge seems to be working.
I was happy with the use of color and texture in the piece.  I was not happy with the free motion quilting that I used.  I used a sulky metallic thread and it just doesn't come out evenly with my machine.  I've tried all sorts of tensions, needles etc and its never worked well.  I should have just used a nice shiny rayon and it would have been fine. Still it was nice to try the iron on gems and see how cool tempura paint works on fabric.





3 comments:

Suzanne Kistler said...

I love it!

Lisa Ellis said...

It's fabulous!!

Shona said...

That is very cool. Makes me want to try painting fabric! :)