The Little Test Piece That Could

This is a fiber piece that is one of a series I'm exploring in prep for a large comission I will next month. When the test pieces are successful, I bead and mount them.

This is a small pillowcase-turned quilt top to which strips of torn fabric were machine stitched in tight rows, one almost on top of the next. Then the whole pieces was dyed, and overdyed once more. I finished it today with my own hand-dyed fabric/painted paper beads and embellishments.

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10 thoughts on “The Little Test Piece That Could

  1. Hi Karen and Whid!! 😀 I haven’t been on the forums much, been so busy- it’s good to see you both. 😀

    My fantasy for the final size is 7 feet wide by 3 feet tall. As I was just saying to a friend in email, though, I doubt my washing machine and dryer will handle the dye washout on such a large, heavy piece. I would think it will be at LEASE 5′ x 3, though, and possibly bigger depending on the size of the wall and the client’s desires. 😀 I’ll know more when i talk to her in NJ in a few weeks.

  2. The colors are luscious. Are the strips cut on the bias? I was wondering why you could not do many sections instead of one piece and then attach them when all the dying is finished? It would seem that you’d not be able to see a seam with all the texture going on in this.   Anyway, only a thought…I think this will be wonderful and I also am excited to see the finished one! Nancy

  3. This sounds like an exciting project – you will have to place your other samples as you make them. I love the texture looks like fun to make, will keep watch on your progress – thank you for shareing your work – enjoy 🙂 Lynn

  4. KalGal, that is an innovative solution and it wasn’t until Laura explained it to me in email that I quite got what you mean. I think this is a fantastic idea and holds all kinds of potential for many variations! Thank you SO much for your input.

    Lynn, I blogged about it a while back and took photos of all my little samples. I now have a big three-ring binder that holds them all in sheet protectors and a companion journal where I kept all the notes from my experiments. Working in this way, methodically trying one thing after another on the same theme, is a new thing for me. I developed a couple of series in my paper art days, but they usually only lasted through 4 or 5 pieces. This little research project has produced tons of little quilts. I may need to incorporate them into one big quilt at a later date. LOL

  5. Thank you I have just been to your blog – I got lost for a couple of hours – thank you – your  an inspiration – I love texture and fabric manipulation. I will certainly be looking out for you work.  🙂 Lynn


  6. lin, I return the compliment, your textile work is amazing!. I LOVE that you’re working dimensionally and creating scruptural pieces. Really beautiful stuff! Do you have a blog, as well? I would love to follow it, if so. 😀

  7. Thank you – No I don’t have a blog – not to sure how to do that – or if its a good idea for me as I tend to get lost with time. This site has opened a new world for me.