Butterfly Ribbons

     "Butterfly Ribbons" (29.5”T x 26”W x .5”D) …I feel that butterflies are some of the happiest creatures on the planet. I even had one light on my outstretched finger once. Therefore, I had been collecting commercial iron-on butterfly appliqués for a while, mostly Monarchs. With the addition of butterflies, this piece grew to become a work dedicated to found objects from fabric stores. There are also a number of 60s retro flower appliqués as well as some interesting tulip ones that look like small postage stamps. I also wanted to play with lines as a framework for the composition and ribbons make easy lines to add on to a piece. There are also two strips of “Le Tigre” labels as I bought a life time supply of a close-out of some clothing line’s sew-in labels. The juxtaposition of tigers and butterflies seemed very funny to me as I was forming the quilt’s surface.

     In creating this piece, I pinned up the yellow background fabric onto a wall of my studio and began the cutting and pinning process. I was surrounded by a wealth of possible inclusions for the piece, so it became more of what not to use than what would be added. My hand quilted pieces are very portable, so I try to make them small enough that I don’t need to use a frame. Still, the extensive beading makes the pieces distort as the work progresses, especially the lines. At the end, where the piece gets blocked into its final shape, there needed to be a lot of fudging with buttons added on to distract the eye where the lines aren’t exactly straight, I hope that these discrepancies will add to the handmade charm of the piece, This work was given birth through the efforts of my eyes and hands, not stamped out by a machine.

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14 thoughts on “Butterfly Ribbons

  1. Love this piece… it’s bold but understated and I think really would be more appreciated in person… so many buttons, so many beads… an amazing piece.

    Your artistry with things like buttons blows me away… I can see I have a lot to learn.

    TEMA

  2. Hi Nancy,

    I’m new to this site… your art work has given me a lovely hour of just looking and seeing all your work on your site.

    Basically, I’m speechless… 🙂

    Enough to say… I love your work with all the beads and buttons, embroidery and quilting… warped or not warped… they are pure expressions of love and beauty.

    Thank you for sharing,

    TEMA

  3. Dear TEMA, thanks for the kind comments. I was seduced by the use of buttons in the early 90s, and haven’t looked back. There’s something about their little round shapes that really appeals to me. There are some marvelous shiny glass ones coming out of Czechoslovakia these days that you can buy on-line. Many of them have dichroic foil backings, which gives a different color depending on which direction you’re standing. I’m glad that my intensive use of frou-frou and passementerie has opened some new doors for you. My take is why settle on a few dozen buttons and beads when 4,000 will make a much bigger statement…:)

  4. Dear Queba, thanks for the comments. I would like to think that my work is interesting enough that if you saw it across a room, you would wnat to walk over to it. Then, as you get cloaser and closer, there would be more and more to see…:)

  5. Nancy  I have just discovered your wallhangings and think they are just lovely.  Very striking.  Look forward to seeing some more.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.  Quine

  6. Dear Quine, thank you for the comments about my work. I checked on your link and couldn’t find any postings of your own work. I hope that you’ll put some up soon. This is a very sharing community, and I’m glad that I’m a part of it, so post some pics and put yourself out there…:)

  7. Dear Gilpalmer, ribbons for me are an easy way to get decoraive lines in a quilt top. However, when I’m using ribbons with wire re-inforced edges, I try to pull the wire out of the sides, if I can. Otherwise, the ribbon tends to wiggle all over the place…:)

  8. Dear Gilpalmer, ribbons for me are an easy way to get decoraive lines in a quilt top. However, when I’m using ribbons with wire re-inforced edges, I try to pull the wire out of the sides, if I can. Otherwise, the ribbon tends to wiggle all over the place…:)

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