Friday, April 17, 2015
Art Quiltie - a butterfly for April
I started with a white on white piece of cotton (4" x 4") and added two layers of die cut fabric. I cut the main butterfly (SX) from some bright fabric backed with heat & bond and the outline from white iron on muslin. The muslin was very bright in contrast to the fabric so I used watercolours (SU) to dye it - blue, purple and pink. I used a black sharpie to colour the body. After removing the release paper from the back of the large butterfly I ironed it to the white fabric and then positioned the lacy wings and the body over it and ironed them into place. Love how it worked out!! Next I added batting and layered both of them over a larger turquoise square of cotton. I double folded the edge of the turquoise over the white and stitched it with a running stitch all the way around with white embroidery floss. I outlined the butterfly with purple floss and added antenna with black floss. To add texture to the white background I used scattered running stitches in white floss and added a few pearly seed beads as I went. Finally, I added two turquoise sequins held in place using pearly seed beads. Love the feel of the textured areas!!