Wednesday, 9 January 2013

An Apple A Day, Plus One!

This art quilt was for the theme "Repetition"

The size is approx 12” x 12”

The materials are hand dyed cottons, silkscreen paints, oil sticks, polyester embroidery threads. Cotton batting and backing.

This quilt was for a theme back in October, 2009, when there were apples, apples everywhere. I have about a dozen fruit trees to look after and 6 of them are apples. Applesauce, dried apples, apple jelly, frozen apples, apple pie, fresh apples. And now in December I’m still up to my eyeballs in apples.

This piece started with a piece of magenta dyed cotton.  I then stamped it with an apple design I had carved onto a meat tray with a ball point pen. I used silk screen paints put onto the meat tray with a paintbrush, using the colours I wanted. The design didn’t show up very well on the darker fabric so I overpainted and used oil sticks.  I used doilies and oil sticks creating the background, and finally the quilting adds detail to the apples and gold coloured polyester embroidery threads added an extra layer to the background.

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