Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Enjoying the Process - Peacock fiber art

I can't show how the peacock fiber art work is coming along in full until it is exhibited, but I thought you might like a peek at me enjoying the process.  This morning I pinned the peacock to my design cartoon to see if it still remained fairly true to the plan.
 And here is a close-up of my take on one of a peacock feather's eye.
Eye of Peacock Feather
I'm just about finished quilting the background fabric and can't wait to start thread painting the peacock.  Here's a photo of it when I first started quilting it. The quilting pattern has changed somewhat, but that is half the fun of putting the pedal to the metal and free motion quilting without a preset guide.  The blue painter's tape is on the fabric to indicate where the fabric will be stretched around an 18" x 36" canvas.

Quilting on hand dyed and hand painted background fabric.   
My plan is to complete the background quilting today so that I can start using beautiful threads to thread paint the peacock. 

Until the next post...
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2014.  All rights reserved


  1. Ooooooo! Linda ~ I'm looking forward to seeing the final artwork! I see that you added just a touch of glitter. Like that effect. Also, I love your selfie!

    1. Yay! I'm glad you like how the peacock piece is coming along, Mia. The touch of glitter is actually a Setacolor product that his gold with fine glitter in it. I didn't want to overdo it. Also I ordered some blues and green glitter paint from Setacolor. Blues don't work, but the green gives a nice accent to the outside of the feathers with "eyes". It's sure been a process, but I must say, mostly enjoyable, as I try to figure out obstacles along the way.

  2. What I love about this blog is that you remind us to respond to the artist in us with your suggestions to experiment and enjoy the process. Quilting and thread painting is a patient artistry. As a writer sometimes I find that i need to be quiet and patient, and permit my characters to speak to me. You are a constant reminder that art for the joy of it is what is important. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for dropping into my blog to have a look-see. Your comment was very insightful and much appreciated.