Monday, June 3, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Not much new in my studio today.  You wouldn't know that I spent 5 hrs in there getting the lilies layered and sewn down.  I'm always amazed at how much time the little things take when you're trying to get a piece done.

But still - I did start sewing down the lily appliques.  I found out that rayon - although pretty and shiny has its limitations.  Its just not strong enough to go through the thread layers of the appliques and not break in my machine.  I switch to polysheen and it was fine.  I really like how that last layer of thread color just adds a new detail to the water lilies.  Its subtle but effective.

I decided that I'm going to put a lot of thread work into the piece to flatten it a bit.  That way the lilies will pop and the whole piece won't look too 2-d.

With end of school year activities and company coming  - we'll see how much I get done!~

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9 comments:

Judy Ferguson said...

I find that threadpainting has a way of pulling everything together. But it really is time consuming. Hang in there.

Sue Daurio said...

That really is beautiful!!

Gari in AL said...

This just gets better and better every time I see it. I love looking at thread painting but don't like to do it. And I got rid of all my rayon thread for that same reason. I loved the look but not how finicky it was.

Rhonda said...

I love watching your process. The colors in the fabrics are great and the thread is going to make everything stand out!!

Margaret said...

Those flowers are starting to glow against that background. Lovely!

Shannon said...

It's looking lovely! I have the problem where as soon as I see clearly what the steps for something are, I always underestimate the time it will take to accomplish them. Like oh, yes, now I just have to sew around all the flowers. That's a simple straightforward task, shouldn't take long at all....except that there are still 300 of them or something and it does take time!

Linda A. Miller said...

Wonderful! I love Isacord thread...it is a polyester and comes in oodles of colors.

Julianne said...

Looks fantastic....

LynCC said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing about the improved workability of polysheen threads.