Stained Glass Fabric Piece

I have always been fascinated by stained glass and mosaics.  I have done some major mosaic pieces but had to give it up as it was making me sick.  I wanted to try my hand at stained glass, but that didn't work for me either.  With all the gorgeous batik fabrics out there, I have developed a passion for them and decided that if I couldn't do mosaics or stained glass, then why not take advantage of the fabric choices that "look" like stained glass.  That is what I decided to do and this is the result.  My pattern was printed and taped to a light source and then traced to the background.  Each piece is individually cut and fused to the background to fit the space it needed to fill (pretty much the way you would cut each individual piece of glass).  I used black cotton fabric cut on the bias to create the "leading" effect.  This piece is now a wall hanging.  As you can see, when it is held up to a light source, the fabrics "glow" like they are glass.  Pretty cool effect, but the fabrics used really make the difference.  I've done several of these type pieces now and love making them.

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11 thoughts on “Stained Glass Fabric Piece

  1. you really deserve it and more, I use to do stain glass but its a expensive hobby with the loss of the oil field here in okla I took up cross stitch 🙂  your choices of color are verrrry good and thats not a easy thing to pull off ,how about making a light box with xmas lights or something so it can shine , I bow to a master 🙂

  2. WOW, thank you again.  My husband, son and I spent an entire afternoon trying to come up with ideas for how to put a light source permanently behind it, but I was nervous as it is fabric and I am afraid of it catching fire.  I’m not sure how flammable the transweb is either.  I need to do something where the piece itself would not be disturbed when it comes time to change out a bulb or change a battery.  I would hate to have wires hanging out of the bottom of it.  I think it would take away from it.  It looks great hanging in a window with natural light coming thru.  My next project will be done on a piece of sew-in polyester stabiliser which is thin and transparent to allow more light to get through.  I’m not sure if it will work,  but trial and error is what it’s all about.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your input and most gracious compliments.  If I can come up with a light box idea, I will let you know.

  3. I recently made a trianglar tower for my kalidescopes that is in my local library now and no one could figure what I was doing or why I did it , it just made me happy and with all the new fangled lights these days Im sure you will hit on something , Its funny you love quilting with a sewing machine and I love needlework but on colors and fabrics and stain glass we think alike , thats cool 🙂

  4. Hello Anne and sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  Thank you for the comments as I greatly appreciate it.  I wish I could take credit for the design/pattern.  The design is called “Gothic Wheat” and was designed by Chantal Paré and was downloaded from  I received permission from Chantal to use the patterns as this piece is now hanging in a local fine art gallery.  If you are interested in doing pieces like this, and if I can be of any help to you, let me know.  

  5. Thank you for replying to my comments, it sure be nice to make a stain glass with your help…. want to come to Canada for a while??  we can work away to hearts content.  Love your work, looking forward to seeing more.  Regards Anne