Festive Bird feathers, bonded applique using Bondaweb, Natesh variegated threads in Satin stitch on furnishing fabric.
Motifs based on the Swan stencils
Bondawebbed black and peach poly-cotton, and peach dyed vilene on a striped poly-cotton fabric coloured with a ‘paper bag print’. (Dismembered printed paper bag/florist’s paper ironed onto fabric).
Stitched using variegated Natesh: Black/white and quilting ‘feather stitch’ pattern 111, Peach ombre and automatic pattern 99, both of which looked a bit like bird footprints.
This is out of focus (sorry), but shows an unsuccessful attempt to cut out and then stitch the two pieces together. So I stitched first and cut out afterwards.
This was done using the same fabric and stitches as the previous sample, with the addition of a black vinyl surfaced fabric.
Two ground fabrics for the resolved sample
White poly-cotton with Markal Oil sticks using feather stencils
Calico using different coloured Markal
Photocopy with cut paper design using Feather patterns.
Right side of Free-standing motif (stitched first, then cut out)
Reverse of Free-standing motif
Fabric with blue feathers in cotton fabric bondawebbed and zig-zag stitch
Close-up of slightly padded sheer, and shiny fabric feather showing a feather-like automatic pattern
Showing the back of the free-standing motif.
I was not totally happy with this: the feather-like automatic pattern did not permit the indentations in the pale green feathers to show up, and although the sheers sort-of worked, I think I would have done another worked up ‘Finished Piece’. However, using the free-standing motif on topof the large blue feather broke up an otherwise too large piece, but enabled the indentations to be seen.