African Flow???

8 Feb 2010
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I love the idea of using small patches of commercial fabric with like colors/patterns and sewing them together so that they flow from one to the other.  I started this piece using only African fabrics.  I want to add stitching and embelliehments that make it 'flow' better.  I have considered using machine stitching, hand embroidery, felting, beads, paint and just about everything else in my stash but I can't get started.  Any suggestions?


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Zoldesign wrote
on 14 Feb 2010 7:45 PM

There is so much to look at, my eye doesn't rest anywhere.  Maybe you could re-work it and add some plain color fabrics in strips or squares to separate and define each unique piece.  They are all beautiful pieces.

pmal wrote
on 18 Feb 2010 2:11 PM

I agree with Zoldesign, it is full of beautiful pieces but isn't coming across as a unified whole.  Perhaps cut up into journal sized pieces and connect abstractly with bali batiks for some light relief.  You actually have two different quilts here if you look at it as the top part and the bottom part, the bottom is predominantly browns, oranges etc, and the top is more blues, something to think about - maybe making it into two quilts?  Great fabric, love to see what you do.

Pam

karen lamppa wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 10:52 AM

Just start.  You could always remove or move embellishments as you go.  This looks like a fun piece and using embellishments will enhance its potential.

on 2 Apr 2010 1:04 PM

There are wonderful little books on decorative bead stitching (Bead Embroidery The Complete Guide and Beading on Fabric) that could be very handy.

How about treating it as a chance to learn a lot of different beading or embroidery stitches and do a crazy quilt treatment.  More is more as long as it has a central theme (beads) so you could even but a beaded edge on the bottom.

8onCanvas wrote
on 23 May 2010 12:42 PM

I can see where the other commenters are coming from but when you look at it from a distance it does kinda give of a single flow. Probably because the colors work with each other. One just needs to look at it and soak it in without focusing on every detail.

LauraLea2 wrote
on 24 Jan 2011 8:29 PM

Marion Coleman was suggested when this piece was shown on TV. It was the second time I saw it and I didn't pick up on that the first time. I went to her site and enjoyed her abstract series where I believe you could see how she framed a lot of fabrics in blue.  Perhaps blue is not the right color for you but I like how she took so many fabrics and put them together using this technique, which is similar to Chinese Coins pattern.  Here is the link for you.  If it is still a UFO after a year, perhaps this will save it:

http://www.marioncoleman.com

LauraLea2 wrote
on 24 Jan 2011 8:29 PM

Marion Coleman was suggested when this piece was shown on TV. It was the second time I saw it and I didn't pick up on that the first time. I went to her site and enjoyed her abstract series where I believe you could see how she framed a lot of fabrics in blue.  Perhaps blue is not the right color for you but I like how she took so many fabrics and put them together using this technique, which is similar to Chinese Coins pattern.  Here is the link for you.  If it is still a UFO after a year, perhaps this will save it:

http://www.marioncoleman.com

LauraLea2 wrote
on 24 Jan 2011 8:30 PM

Marion Coleman was suggested when this piece was shown on TV. It was the second time I saw it and I didn't pick up on that the first time. I went to her site and enjoyed her abstract series where I believe you could see how she framed a lot of fabrics in blue.  Perhaps blue is not the right color for you but I like how she took so many fabrics and put them together using this technique, which is similar to Chinese Coins pattern.  Here is the link for you.  If it is still a UFO after a year, perhaps this will save it:

http://www.marioncoleman.com