Dimensional Fabric Leaf - Method #1
Over time I have experimented with creating dimensional fabric elements to embellish my fiber art works. Some of these have worked well and made their way into several of my art quilts. You might want to try this process to add a tactile element to a quilt that teases the eye and begs to be touched.
I started with a blank, white remnant of white cotton blend fabric. The following pictures show how I added color to that fabric; however, you might wish to start with an already colorful commercial fabric.
|Diluted Setacolor fabric paint was added to dampened fabric with paint brush|
|Diluted fabric paint was brushed onto the damp fabric|
|The fabric was folded in half, right sides together after fabric had dried and was heat set|
|A leaf shape was drawn onto fabric with a chalk marker|
|A final leaf shape was drawn with the chalk marker|
|A length of butcher's string was laid over vein line|
|Supplies used to affix butcher's string|
|Liquid Stitch was "painted" onto vein line with a stiff brush|
|Butcher's string was applied to all vein lines|
|Two layers of fabric were secured with pins|
|A cutting line was drawn with pencil|
|The leaf shape was cut out of fabric on cutting line|
|This is the leaf shape removed from the fabric|
|The leaf form was stitched along the chalk outlinewith 2" left open for turning|
|Tips were clipped to remove bulk|
|A thumb was inserted between layers to begin turning process|
|A finger starts the turning process by pushing it through the 2" seam opening|
|After turning right side out, a bone folder was used to poke out corners|
|After turning, the leaf form was ironed flat|
|This is what the leaf figure looks like after it was ironed flat|
|The 2" opening was closed with hand stitching|
|Both fabric layers were pinched around butcher's string vein and a needle was inserted|
|Small stitches were taken along the length of the butcher's string vein|
|This demonstrates two completed veins|
|This is the top view of two completed veins|
|This shows all veins completed (front of leaf form)|
|This shows the back side of leaf form after veins were stitched|
|Derwent Inktense Color Blocks|
|Color was floated with application of water applied from an Niji water brush|
Completed Leaf Shape
In the next few days, I hope to carve out time to write up another method for creating dimensional leaf forms.
(Note: Although I purchase many of my art supplies from Dick Blick Art Materials and from Dharma Trading Company, both of which are referenced in links herein, most of these items are also widely available on-line from other sources.)
Always remember, never fear to experiment.
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
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