Ever since I sent off my SAQA donation piece last week, I’ve been itching to try another hand-dyed wool/organza/cut-work piece. But I couldn’t even start before finding more hand-dyed wool.
I had a lovely visit with the uber creative dyer/quilter/surface designer Linda Waddle and I came home with this mini-stash of some of her gorgeous hand-dyed wool.
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, but I needed to dig into my design files and books and other resources to hone in on my plan. I was thinking this was one piece where things should go smoothly (hence the title to this post!).
I dug into my stash of books and these are some of my most loved titles. One of my all time favorite books is “Fusing Fabric”-it’s all about fusing with heat, not fusible web. There are about 80 different ideas I want to try from it!
I am really restricted in the size of the piece I can make. I have some beautiful silk organza that I dyed in a class with Linda Waddle but it’s only 21″x26″. I had to lay it out carefully so as to maximize what I could use. I spray basted the organza to the wool using Patsy Thompson‘s system shown in this You Tube. BTW, this is the only way to spray baste in my opinion-so much easier than laying it down horizontally.
Not! All you paper piecers out there already knew this was going to be a mess and it was! I know I could have soaked the paper off but I didn’t think I needed to do that. I thought I was smart and instead I scored and ripped the paper off. Bad idea. Those loops are from pulling the paper off, not from my thread tension!
Obviously I need another plan. I think I will stitch next to the existing line, then go back and rip out the loopy stitches-that’s a pretty good plan I think. I can’t wait to get started on the meat of this project!
I don’t have a name for this piece yet and it really bugs me. When I think of it in my little head, I think of it as the “second hand-dyed wool and organza piece with cut-work”. That’s way too lengthy-I need a name for this one pronto! I’ll post more as I make progress.