Thursday, April 11, 2013

Umpqua Valley Quilt Show

The Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild Show is this weekend at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, in Roseburg, Oregon. It is the BEST show in Southern Oregon!! Over 300 quilts are entered, and many other special displays and vendor quilts samples. The featured quilter is Dr. Polly Sepulvada of Roseburg. She has been in the Paducah show many times, and does beautiful work in applique, hand quilting and traditional style quilts. Our Fyber Cafe group, has a display of our last three group challenges, "What's My Line?" "Beatles Songs" and "Weaving" I'll try to post some photos this weekend of our Textile Arts display, I just wanted to get the word out about the show. I also have several small art quilts entered in the show itself, and 5 in the Fyber Cafe display.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Adding Detail to the River

The "River" piece has been undergoing a lot of details, ferns and rocks at the base of the trees, and along the river. The beautiful teal blue for the base of the water, with strips of the other batiks added for ripples, was a start on making the river come alive. I added turquoise & light green hand dyed cheesecloth, and white cheesecloth for texture, and a few rocks in the middle of the water. I used the cheesecloth to blend the rocks on the river edge to the water, and to make the downward fall of the center "Falls." Stitching in rayon thread will add more detail to the water and clear glass beads will add sparkle. A foreground was added with a larger size print of forest floor plants and branches, a few fall leaves and wild flowers added contrast. I think I will add silk ribbon embroidery flowers. I also added more greenery, because the bottom was very dark brown in color. The next part of the project was to add some deer, a buck and doe, I did not want to just add a pre-made print. I decided to paint over the existing fabric to create a texture, and more hand made feeling to the deer. I still wanted him to look like he is highlighted by the moon, I think it worked out ok. You can see the difference in the photo, before and after painting, stitching will add more outline and detail. I also added two salmon to the river, and tucked them under the cheesecloth, one jumping up the falls, and the other in the lower part of the river. The entire picture is coming together, I have a few more ideas I want to try, some 3-D Tyvek leaves, the embroidery, an uneven top edge, so I'll see what my imagination brings up next.