Thursday, January 1, 2015

Kelp Knot

I have started a new project, to make another 3-D art piece, from one of my photos. I printed the knot of dried kelp onto 4 pieces of 8 x 11 fabric, with my home computer. I always increase the contrast and saturation in Photoshop, when printing on fabric, especially since this one is so monotone. I trimmed and then fused the 4 sections together. Thread painting was done before the batting was added, so I could have detail stitching on the tubes, but still trapunto them so they would stand up and look more dimensional. I machine free motion stitch with rayon threads, I used cream, yellow, yellow/gold and rusty orange, also tan, medium brown and dark brown in the background. I added an extra layer of batting to 3 of the largest tubes, then the rest was quilted and the results are lots of texture.
I began embellishing with shells and seed beads, but only a little at a time, as my hands hurt too much, to do more than a little hand work at a time. I want to add some sand dollars, but I think real ones are too fragile, so I'm thinking of scanning a couple and doing them in fabric. I am also debating with myself, about adding bottle caps, or bits of plastic. Our textile arts group, Fyber Cafe, has a challenge now for "Free Floating Flabbergast" and I think this fits the theme wonderfully, and bits of plastic and stuff would be good, but I also like "pretty" and think of just using shells and beads.
This is the cartoon, that inspired our challenge, I hope you can read the words, it did not scan well. I'm debating titles for this also, Free Floating Sea Wrack, Kelp Knot, Kelp Macrame, Flotsam and Jetsam.

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  1. Very cool! Flotsam and Jetsam would be my choice for a name.

  2. I agree with Norma, Flotsam and Jetsam would be a good choice. It's a very cool looking piece.

  3. Not sure if it is just the photos, but it looks completely different with the thread paining and beads. this is just so beautiful ... and so original! love it.

  4. Thanks for the input, I am not finished yet, trying to add a few raised "tubes" to make it more 3-D, and adding more stuff and shells.