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April 19, 2009

Distractions and Desires

Well, I've had several distractions over the last 2 weeks. First unexpected company that did not allow time in the basement for working on the quilt. Sadly, despite my desire, no felting was done until last Friday.

Then with the weather becoming nice, there are other outside distractions. Plus, I am getting ready to leave for vacation. I head to Australia's East coast on May 5th. Anyone out there that can recommend a sneak away visit for wool/felt or such?

I have only 1 piece to show... a thistle. The thistles in California are considered an invasive problem. Bull thistles can grow quite large...easily 4 feet. But here in the Northeastern states people plant more domesticated forms that are lovely.

First a little inspiration from a wildflower book....a long ago gift from a friend. Then my cartoon.

This time I decided to try using freezer paper for the cutting pattern because there were so many sharp pointy edges. Quilters use freezer paper to iron on to fabric to help with applique and points and it is easily removed. Well, iron it on and cut them out worked like a charm.

But, as I pulled that thin 4.5mm silk from the freezer paper the tiny edges frayed. I decided because thistle have very ragged and hairy edges I would go forward. My reasoning being the edges would probably felt in.....or if not would look like thistle edges anyway. Here it is wetted down between two thin sheets of plastic.....ready to rub and roll.

I didn't give myself enough margin on the top. The flower is right to the edge. What I planned doing with the embroidery was to make long thin lines like the thistle down. My thought is now to extend the embroidery over the margin.....might be interesting.

The finished nuno....

Next....thinking about early spring flowers....skunk cabbage or trout lily?


Doreen G said...

Nice to see the process Joei and I think the extended stitching should look good. said...

Yes, it is very nice to see the process! So we can learn from each other! It is the reason, why I like blogs!!!
Felted regards,

Lalhezar said...

Your process is very interesting and my next dyeing/felting attempt will incorporate some of your ideas. When that will be I am not sure. Really lovely work

karen said...

have a great vacation. Hope you come back as refreshed as I did. I am certain you will love your tape when it comes.

Laura said...

Hi Joei, I hope you have a wonderful vacation in Australia!

CAROLYN said...

Hi Joei, thanks so much for leaving a message on my little bead tutorial! Did it make sense, was it boring, did I miss anything? I've never done it before!! Still got part 2 to do!!

Your thistle nuno is amazing, so glad I popped by. I shall have to add you to my RED blog!

All for now, have a great weekend!

Jackie said...

Its lovely to see your methods of working. Great results.