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2016, I can’t believe it’s a new year already! The first piece of the New Year is done (well almost, gotta put on that pesky hanging sleeve). Let me tell you a little back story about my new piece.
A while ago, I came upon some hand dyed silk roving on the internet. I paid too much money for it and got it in the mail from the UK somewhere, then threw it in my closet, where it languished for many weeks. Then one day I got it out, and thought wouldn’t it be cool to do some needle felting of the silk roving (and a little wool), on top of my hand dyed silk charmeuse? So I messed around with the roving for a while and pulled it apart like taffy, and laid it on top of the silk. I loved the way the colors peeked through the holes in the roving. I then needle felted with a hand felting tool attaching it to the silk and some wool batting underneath.
This is what it looked like more or less at this stage. Popping on my BERNINA stitch regulator with the round plastic attachment, I then quilted over the roving in some places, flattening some areas and puffing up some other areas. A cool texture was beginning to happen.
At this point, it began to suggest something to me- something other worldly. I have collected a lot of space photos of stars, galaxies and nebulae (star nurseries). This piece reminded me of one of those star nebulae. I wondered how I could add some stars? So I cut out tiny pieces of Mylar, and quilted them down with silver Glitter thread. Can you see them twinkling, scattered around the piece? Then I echo quilted the heck out of it all around the nebula. I’m happy with the way it turned out. OH and the backing and binding is hand dyed fabric of mine too! Anything new coming out of your sewing room these days?
Where Star Are Born is 19″ x 20″, and is $500. Hand dyed fabrics, wool batting, needle felted and machine free motion stitched. Let me know if you would like it to be in your home or office!
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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast! She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show. She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions. For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.
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