I loved how some colorful silk flower petals (yellow and orange) and fake turkey feathers (in a tiger-like print) looked when tossed on to a beautiful batiked fabric whose focus color was hot pink/orange. So, I started this project which is now a UFO on my studio wall.
1. Sewed the petals/feathers down (after covering them with black netting) - they've been stitched down in an informal grid pattern.
2.. Sewed on the black fabric framing material by satin stitch, and added the three wholle turkey feathers by sewing a single seam down the center of each of them.
3. Embellished the informal grid stitching by heavily over-sitching the grid in black and adding rounded boxes within the resulting rectangles.
Now I've gotten to the point of not knowing what to do with this. Has it been overworked? One group I'm in suggested cutting it up , but I don't want to. There is something I really like about it. Even my mistakes are ones that I know can be worked into something quite unique. In any case, one idea is to use a roller and paint over the grid pattern to see what effect it might have. Another idea is to add orange or hot pink rectangles to the whole turkey feathers in a random gradation of sizes either ascending or descending over each.
I'm open to any ideas you might have to suggest!