Here is the fabric that I started out with. It is a two-sided batik. I dyed cotton with thickened dye--one side with red and one side with blue. Of course, the color bled through but one side is still more red and the other side is still a bit more blue. The beginning size was 21" by 17".
Here is the hand-dyed green cotton that I used for the lines. I like complimentary color combinations and the shade of green is light enough that there is a nice value difference.
I read Kathy's directions. I cut the green into 1/2 strips on the bias. I stitched a single line along one side of the batik and two lines along another to help me put the fabric back together. Of course I used the two different colors of thread so I could tell the front from the back. Then I sliced, stitched the strip, and sewed the pieces back together. Too bad I forgot to look for the stitching lines to make sure I had the front side and correct edge. LOL You know what they say, there are no mistakes, only design opportunities.
- This is a small piece and took forever. Kathy, you must be a saint with lots and lots of patience to create your large quilts using this technique!
- I used a straight edge to cut the green strips but cut the material without a straight edge---meaning the slices were not completely straight. I like the results but I expect it would have been easier to sew back together if the lines had been perfectly straight. Kathy, what do you do?
- The finished piece had to be steamed to get it to lay straight. It was a small piece so it did not represent too big of a problem but I could see where it could get out of hand quickly in a larger piece. Is that a problem for you, Kathy?
- Overall, it was tons of fun and I am going to try in again on this monoprint made last month.