Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pathways


This was such a fun piece to work on.  It started with an interesting piece of handmade paper that was created by wrapping some variagated fuzzy yarn around a frame.  The resulting piece of paper was dimensional and had an intriguing lacy texture.
After auditioning a few fabric choices I settled on some of my purple and blue hand dyed pieces to bring out the colour in the yarn used for the paper making.  I used a duel sewing machine needle to quilt some random pathways on the main background piece and then attached the paper using some more machine stitching.

From there I created some beaded lines that I had going in and out of the various holes in the paper.  Some additional lines of fabric were included and some accent buttons were added to them. 


I wanted an asymmetrical piece, so I added a few more pieces of the hand dyed fabric to create the piece that hangs down from the right side of the finished piece.  They were embellished with some accent buttons, coordinating threads and beads.  Finally, I added some hand stitching, using hand dyed variegated threads, to create some more pathways as well as added texture using the seed stitch and a few cross stitches on the smaller squares and rectangles.
 I love collecting interesting bits of wood when I'm out in the kayak in the summer, and I thought this one was perfect for hanging Pathways.

Thanks for visiting today.

10 comments:

  1. My gosh Linda, this piece is an absolutely amazing work of art! My brain can't entirely figure out how it works but boy I sure do like gazing at it. Scrumptious colours that look like blueberries that have drained into a bowl of cream. Ivey

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    1. Thank you Ivey. I certainly enjoyed working on it. I love your colour description!

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I love this piece - very creative! Have you ever used Angelina Fibers? I've bought them but not done much with them. You can put them between two pieces of netting and press them to get interesting "fabrics" to work with.

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    1. Thank you Jean. Yes, I have Angelina too but rarely use it. One of those things that I added to my stash but don't like as much as I thought I might. Perhaps I'll get it out now that you've mentioned it and play with it again to see what I can come up with.

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle. It was certainly a lot of fun to work on.

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  5. By enlarging the pics i was able to see all the detail here, it really is a fascinating piece, like a 3D labyrinth.

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    1. Thank you Kaite. Funny, I was just reading Anne Marie's post about your belated birthday gifts. Lucky you! The wonderful bead work and the beautiful book are such treasures!

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