Friday, November 25, 2011

'My 1st Textile Art Commission!'

by Mary Lou 'LuLu' Haynes

Howdy and Welcome,
Here are W-I-P pix from the textile art commission I completed last Friday. This is the prototype wearable art for fitness dance instuctors.

My approach to this project was to think of it as a quilt sandwich - with top, batting, backing and quilting.
iTop badge - paper test
Left: 12 luxury fabrics - cut into 3" squares, and labled with their placement positions
Right: iTop tool and iTop badge - fabric test

'Sandwich' Layers - squared up for trimming

Sandwich - trimmed and ready for 'hemming'
(Turns out that I did not use the fancy white and gold trim or the travel quilting iron)

Hemmd quilt sandwich - ready for trimming, and my signature on reverse

Supplies List
Acrylic paints - various golds, Aluminum repair tape, Baggies,
Basic Grey Notch & Die cutting tool, Die cutting machine (Big Shot),
Brass grommets, Brass Stencil, Cutting mats (Fiskars 2-sided Craft), Olfa Rotary - 36" x 24"),
Embossing folders, Embossing stylus,
Fabrics (Cottons, Emroidered Satin Brocades, Linen, Silk, Velvet),
Fusible web (Steam-a-seam, Stitch Witchery),
Galaxy marker, Glitter, Gold Leaf - faux,
Golden Soft Gel medium (semi-gloss), Gel pens, Heat/craft sheet (Ranger),
Hammer, Iron (Hamilton Beach Professional steam), Iron on hem tape,
 iTop tool, iTop backings, iTop badges,
JoAnns EZView Press cloth, JoAnns Teflon Pressing sheet,
Lighting (OttLite Craft Caddy Light, Magnifying lamp with storage base),
Needle tool, Sakura Pens (Gel, Glitter), Pins, Pin cushion - vintage tomato,
Pinking shears - vintage, Punches - circles,
Quilting rulers, Reading glasses, Recycled clear divided salad plates (Dominicks),
Remote control for iPod docking station/radio, Run 'n Buff - gold,
Rotary cutter, Tassels / napkin rings - gold (Domestications),
Tattered Florals 'Bigz' die (Tim Holtz Alterations), Scissors (Fiskars),
THE FOLDWAY: Portable Cutting and Pressing Station (Omnigrid),
Sharpie marker - black, Water spritzer bottle, Xyron 'X' sticker maker - perm,
Zig silver pigment ink pen

The happy client!

Since 2001, I've been a scrapbooker. So this textile art was a GI-norm-ous stetch for me! I did a lot of problem solving on this commission. It was challenging - and fun to play outside of my comfort zone!

Do you sew with a machine - or by hand? Have you ever made art from fabric? Have you ever made art journals with fabric? Lace? Have you attempted Quilts? I aspire to making Crazy Quilt tops someday....

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1 comment:

Julia Dunnit said...

Your customer sure looks happy! lovely rich colours and fabrics. I son't use fabrics unless I'm making clothes, which really answers your questions a bit too quickly!!

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