Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Warning:Thread Sketched Nude on the Horizon
First I took (had my husband take) a picture of me which I downloaded to my computer and played with on Photoshop Essentials. I am not an expert of the program so primarily that means I experimented till I got the effect I wanted. Thank goodness for the undo button!
After getting a picture I liked, I printed it out and traced it on clear water-soluble stabilizer.
I decided to use linen for my substrate due to the texture. I layered the linen onto felt. I chose the felt rather than another batting for the stiffness of it. This was never going to be a bed quilt and did not need to be soft and drapable. I secured the layers by spray basting them. I pinned the stabiler onto the linen/felt sandwich. Please note, I did not have a backing on the quilt sandwich at this point.
Now it was ready for the thread sketching. I chose a thick cotton thread because I wanted the stitched lines to have some presence. I turned the speed down on my machine and slowly went around the lines. I wanted to stay on the lines. This was me and not a flower that could look good with exaggerated parts if I went off the lines. It actually took me two days and two stitching sessions to get it finished. It was a first attempt at thread sketching and I was quite apprehensive.
Step Five, Six, Seven, and Eight.
After washing out the stabilizer and letting the sandwich air dry, I machine appliqueed my shadow that I had previously pieced. With the thread sketching part finished, I put a back on the quilt sandwich and I quilted everything. I did quilt the shadow but not me. I didn't want any more cellulite or stretch marks on my body. To create a background that did not blend in with the neutral fabric of the body, I used diluted acrylic inks to paint the fabric to create a backwall and a floor.
The back of the quilt looked okay so I decided to simply face.
Overall I am quite pleased with the resuls although I would prefer that my mother not see it. Here is the link to my self portrait post. You will need to go there to see the art quilt with the thread sketching of me.