Friday, February 2, 2018

"Memories that Linger"...Part 5: Outlining the Cabins and Auditioning Fabrics

After the cabins were "built", it was time to add the leading...this will be a stained glass style quilt, after all.

Adding the leading to Cabin #1

To learn how I do this technique, pick up a copy of my book, Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined, from C & T Publishers, April 2017.
As you can see from this detail image below from one of my quilts in the book, you can get very articulate with this leading technique! 

Detail from "The Parish Farm", pg 43 of my book. This section is 16" X 25".

To prepare the "tree fabric" for my large hanging, I felted some strips of cotton base fabric with hand-dyed wool and silk roving.

Roving fibers laid out on a cotton base for felting.

Once the cabins were leaded and the tree fabrics were ready, I pinned everything up on the design wall, directly onto my paper pattern, with some of the other background fabrics too, just to see how they might work.

Trees, leaded cabins, and woods/foreground fabrics pinned into place.

There is much work to be done, of course, but this was my first glimpse at how my piece might come together.
It's very encouraging!

But it will have to wait a few weeks, while I am off on an adventure.....


ABC said...

So beautiful. I love the weathered look of the felted tree trunks! I'll be "pining" for more til you come back...

Rhonda Dort said...

I’m loving the opportunity to follow your progress! Loving the process!

Allison Aller said...

Thank you, Rhonda and ABC. I am glad I have enough time to be quite deliberative with each stage of the process!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Beautiful love the depth you have achieved.

Susan Stitch said...

This is amazing -- I can't wait to see the finished project and I'm loving how you share each step along the way. Is there a place you recommend for learning more about the wool roving technique you use? I have purchased supplies and want to do the same thing for tree trunks and clouds in some of my work but I'd love to watch a video, take a class, or at least read about it first!

FredaB said...

This is so wonderful being able to watch how you actually design and make a landscape piece. The felting adds such depth. You have encouraged me to get out my Brother embellishing machine when I go home in April. It has been languishing in the basement.


Allison Aller said...

Susan Stitch, thank for the felting technique...I pretty much made it up, in that I hadn't seen exactly what I did before. But I got started on this from following the directions here on Treenway Silks' page, about Silk Fusion: What I did differently was, instead of laying out the fibers between two screens, I laid them out on a cotton base. I felted them with my machine embellisher (it's a Babylock.) The key breakthrough for me was again to take a tip from Treenway, and make a solution of water and textile medium at a 4:1 ratio. I painted this over my felted surface in order to seal and flatten it--I wanted no "fuzzies". Then I cut it up into those tree trunks and will sew it just like cotton, only the edges are nice and sharp. I hope this study Treenway's info, as it is excellent. That's where I bought my silk roving, too. ;-)

ajay teja said...

Good work…unique site and interesting too… keep it up…looking forward for more updates.Good luck to all of you and thanks so much for your hard-work.
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