This work began with a drawing of a peacock that I enlarged to fit within the 18" width of the canvas and extend beyond the 36" length of the canvas.
|Projected Materials to be Used|
|Free Moltion Stitching over Paint and Glitter|
Next I set up a "MacGyvered" a light box setup and copied the drawing of the peacock to 100% white cotton fabric. I chose various shades of blues, greens and violet Setacolor fabric paints that I ordered from Dharma Trading Co. and set about painting the bird shape that had been traced onto white fabric. Unfortunately, because I was on a good roll, I became so involved in the painting process that I failed to take pictures of this stage. Drats! So sorry about that.
For the field upon which I would ultimately applique the bird, I hand dyed 100% white cotton fabric with a mottled orange, yellow and green colors, made a quilt sandwich for the background field.
|Modified Feather Quilting Design|
After the bird painting was completed, I traced the bird shape onto heavy weight Pellon interfacing that I purchased at a local yardage store and then cut out the shape. I placed the Pellon shape under the painted peacock to act as batting, pinned it to the painting so that it wouldn't slip. I then backed the bird shape with a hand dyed fabric down to where the tail extends beyond the edge of the canvas to make a quilt sandwich on which I would start quilting and thread painting. Blue painter's tape marked where the edge of the canvas would fall.
|Determination of Peacock Placement|
|Peacock Ready to be Quilted and Thread Painted|
Here is how the backing for the tail looked.
|Reverse of Tail|
|Initial Threads Used to Thread Paint the Peacock|
|First Quilting and Thread Painting of the Peacock|
|Thread Painting with Metallic Threads|