Happiness

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Happiness — Wall Tapestry  48″ x 54″ Batik Cotton, fabric collage and quilting. Private Collection.

This piece began inspired by a watercolor I had seen years ago the never left my mind. Last fall I began it as a donation piece for a fund-raiser. It instead went to a dear family member.

I loved creating the simple colors combinations that made the background explode and then by using similar style fabrics for the berries and the bird’s feathering, created a sense of whimsy and happiness at the same time as peaceful contentment.

 

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Probably my favorite part after sketching is deciding on fabric choices. And No, they do not always stay the same as what I originally envisioned!

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I use colored chalks to block in colors on the muslin background so I have both a guide and a reminder of where lines will intersect.

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Starting with the background and working forward, I use craft glue to lightly tack fabric in overlapping patterns leaving edges lose so I can layer and move as I need to develop an energetic moving entity.

 

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Here the background has been completed and  I move forward to create the branches and the winter berries. Notice the tree fabric changed here from a mottled bark-like pattern to a dark brown that gave me the needed contrast to the background which made everything stand forward more.

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The Bluebird begins to come to life.

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By using two differing blue batiks I was able to tie color and still give definition to the wings of the bird. More detail and definition is added in the quilting process.

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After everything is tacked down I go over the entire wall tapestry with my sewing and quilting machine. I quilt through a traditional quilt sandwich of a top, batting, and backing, to add depth, varying the types of quilting designs to add interest and texture. I also add outlines, details embroidery as needed to the finished wall hanging.

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When it is all finished I add a border to help frame the image.  The I add a hanging sleeve tot he back. This piece brought me great joy to construct and I know it will be loved for years to come.

 

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

 

 

 

 

 

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