Thursday, January 2, 2014
Studio Time, Well Sort of.....
We made a couple of new examples to send to the "distributor" to show what can be done with our hand-dyed burlap. Thought everyone might like a glimpse too! Here is another version of our Wine Gift Bag, we showed the first version in a blog post on November 17th embellished with a felted fall leaf, this one is embellished with Wool Pennies from In the Patch Designs...they sure did make a cute floral design. Instead of cording handles these are simply made from a cut of matching burlap. Makes a great hostess gift, very quick and the embellishment can be personalized.
A simple quilted background or "mat" is such a great way to mount little pieces like this, not only does it enhance the small work, it gives it presence. This technique is from Jean Wells book Intuitive Color & Design, she calls it a portrait finish. At the time I read her book I was doing small embroidered pieces that I actually framed, problem was that didn't let me present it as a "quilt", this technique brought it back into the quilt world. The "quilted mat" is one of our hand-dyed Kona fat quarters.