The basic muslin, tissue paper top has been created, painted, and “ironed into submission” – as I like to call it! I will layer it with batting, a stabilizer, and backing fabric.
I may at that time, add my flower fusings… cutting some from prints, some with my sizzix machine.
Then it time for stitching. This little artsy collage quilt is done entirely in WHITE thread – a
FIRST for me. I’m usually gravitating towards lots of color, or at least a variegated thread many times will be my choice. This white thread is a 40 weight KING TUT from Superior Threads. LOVE Love LOVE it!
And some more white thread stitching around painted elements… And then a bit of copper-gold metal leaf… (below) This is the real stuff and it’s flakey, but oh-so-very fabulous when it’s finished!
Can you see the outline of the paper doilie? I LOVE this texture!
See the clearish looking swirly spots on top of this picture to the right? That’s the glue from Jones Tones foil glue. It’s different from the gold leafing in the above pics; it’s dimensional & slightly raised. Or you can ‘smear’ it a bit… whatever strikes your FANCY!
And… “that’s a WRAP!” I mean, I’ve just wrapped the backing fabric to the top for a ‘binding’ — being very liberal with that word! You could also choose to cut it with a pinking shears on the edge, and brush those edges with paint (maybe next time!) or a zig zag stitch, or cording…or more. Regardless, it’s simple. No muss—no fuss. Finished! And I really… LOVE that!
Mmmm yum! I love how your posts are so full of eye candy. I, too,love King Tut thread. I don't have to much on hand as I'm trying really hard to use up what I already have. Did you know I wrote a book on paper quilting?
Beth! It would be my honor and pleasure to do just that! Thanks for asking! I am planning a post (hopefully for tomorrow – Friday) with more visual details on collaging this way. My biggest problem is that I forget to take pics when I first begin! I have lots to share, so I hope you'll check back! Thanks again.
It's beautiful. Thank you for walking us through the process. I have a question about that first step. fabric, tissue and paint. Can you explain that one a little bit more?