Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bones and feathers

The Bones

The last time you saw my geometric piece (now called "squares and triangles" for want of a better name) here, I had made a bunch of beads and thingies, from Fimo, to sew on it. I took it all to the beach and starting sewing them on. Then one, and then another and another, of the Fimo pieces cracked and broke as I was sewing them. It was clear they were not going to work. The next day when we went into Tillamook (see previous post) I spotted a bead shop and we stopped to look around. It was quite a shop, with a little of this and a little of that and piles of unsorted stuff and clutter and disorganization to an extreme. Another customer, a wild-eyed elderly lady, greeted us with "who are you ladies??" Then she continued to engage us and the shop owner in a disjointed and bizarre conversation the whole time we were there. Definite small town experience! But I digress. My great find were a cache of very interesting bone beads, which had a very similar look as my Fimo beads, but were much less delicate. Good price, too.

Here is a closeup of the bone beads and the stitching I did.

And here is the finished piece.

The Feathers
I showed you the crow I made at the beach. Here is a better view of it. Notice the wings.

This was another experiment. A couple months ago I discovered Golden Digital Ground Medium and did some printing on fabric using it. I liked it. I drew a feathered wing in Illustrator, manipulated it a bit in Photoshop and printed it on white fabric. (Actually two of them) Then I painted over them with a teal blue transparent fabric paint. It worked pretty well for the wings, I think. Here is the drawing I used.


  1. The geometric piece looks great, finished. It reads as part of a series with your "green line" quilts. And you know I love every one of those crows.

  2. The geometric piece reminds me of beach houses.

  3. I love the crow. What do you use for the feet?

  4. Both pieces look great! I love the proportions in this quilt as well as your green line quilts!

  5. This piece really came out well. Love the beads even though it's not normally your thing-in this case it really rocks the quilt.
    You already know how much I love the birds but I do enjoy seeing your techniques.

  6. Wow! I love how this piece turned out! And the crow is so cool. I didn't think of using Digital Grounds for printing on fabric. Do you describe this somewhere in your blog? Does it make the printing more archival?

  7. Both the house quilt and the crow are fabulous! I do like those beads!

  8. The crow is unbelievably clever! It seems like you could make a fortune selling things like this.