red and purple

I have this desire to re-create a textile version of a close-up picture of a flower. I’ve tried a few times with varying levels of success. I love to take macro photos of flowers, to show the detail of those beautiful petals and the way they fold and layer in and around each other. So for this month’s sinchies challenge with my quilt group, and the last in this series, I had another try using just two colours of red and purple.

Karen Mundt- red and purple challenge

Karen Mundt- red and purple challenge


This was the photo I used as my inspiration: redpurpleinsp
My version is made with just two layers of fabric, the purple on top of the red. I first traced around the purple petals onto paper and lay that drawing on top of the 2 pieces. I stitched around the outlines of the purple parts and then cut away where I wanted the red to show through. I then started to draw with some Inktense water colour pencils:
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I kept the picture near me to use for reference.
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It took a lot of shading with the pencils to be able to get that illusion of the petals. I did a few layers, dampening the fabric first then colouring with the pencils.
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The last step was then to do lots of top-stitching with purple thread- free-motion stitching to embellish just the purple petals.
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When I look at the final picture up close I’m not convinced that it’s turned out as good as I would like, but to look at photos of it, the shading with the pencils does seem to give a realistic interpretation.
Karen Mundt- red and purple challenge

Karen Mundt- red and purple challenge


The rest of the quilt group also had their sinchie challenge pieces to show at our recent meeting day- we could use any two colours this month:
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Row 1: me (Karen), Trish, Jan K, Helen S
Row 2: Meryl, Marilyn, Lyn, Shirley
Isn’t that little bird by Trish so cute- she has been learning to make hand-made lace:
Trish

Trish


Also at the meeting we saw this marvellous quilt by Kaye:
Made by Kaye C

Made by Kaye C


and some sashiko stitching by Marilyn:
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Marilyn


I hope you are all happily quilting!

last of the season

I’ve been playing with some photos and the photo-editing program I have on my computer- I use PhotoScape, which is a free online program and has a lot of scope for editing and creating different effects. It’s also good to use if a photo you have taken isn’t as good as you would like it- use a filter or special effect and make something else out of it!

original photo

original photo

As you can see, this photo is not the best- fuzzy and out of focus. So instead of abandoning it altogether, maybe it can be utilised in other ways. I played with it…
'Newspaper' filter

‘Newspaper’ filter


Gave it its own reflection...

Gave it its own reflection…


Then cropped it to just use the large bloom in the middle:
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Used the 'crystallise" effect

Used the ‘crystallise” effect


These next photos are some I’ve taken in the past:
Left: original.  Right- use filter called 'colour engraving'

Left: original. Right- use filter called ‘colour engraving’


Clockwise from top left: original, fishbowl filter, graduated tint, vignetting.

Clockwise from top left: original, fishbowl filter, graduated tint, vignetting.


I think this next one might be my favourite:
Left: original photo. Right: antique filter

Left: original photo. Right: antique filter


Such great effects, and the possibilities for use within your textile art is limitless!

what I’ve been up to….

So it’s July and we are half-way through the year. The stitching project I embarked on in January- ‘1 Year of Stitches’ is now also 6-months old. I stitch a little every day, sometimes only a few stitches, sometimes a little more. Looking at the latest progress photo, I’m wondering whether I’ve used up more than half of the available background?!

Karen M- Year of Stitches

Karen M- Year of Stitches


There is still a lot of filling of gaps to do yet, so I shouldn’t run out before year’s end. (I post a progress photo on Instagram every few days if you want to see more.) It’s turning into a little community. See the waves of the beach over to the right with the friendly whale! There’s also a ship with the Aussie flag- a little nod to my son in the Navy.
I’ve also completed the block for June for the do.Good. stitches charity quilt group: our instructions were to use only shades of green, yellow and white with a pink centre.
June- Cherish group- do.Good

June- Cherish group- do.Good


And apart from that, I’ve also been busy with client’s quilts on the longarm. Here’s a couple of recent finishes:
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D1
Such a gorgeous blue on this children’s quilt.
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Hope you are also having a productive week!