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I’m working on a piece to celebrate the life and career of a pilot. Not just any pilot….he’s my guy. Almost a year ago, I started dating a wonderful guy who just happens to be an airline pilot. His career has survived the ups and downs of the airline industry, including bankruptcies, mergers, and all kinds of craziness. After 33 years of flying, he still says, I love to fly. Unfortunately, the FAA says it’s time to stop, so he has to retire. This piece is the pilot’s view from the cockpit of an Airbus 321 , his favorite plane to fly. I’m planning on giving it to him on his birthday and retirement. With all that pressure, I really hope he likes it!! (BTW, I’m a girl who loves to fly, and go to new and exciting places. So I’m thrilled to be able to give this to him.)
Here’s the first rough drawing that I enlarged:
The Captain sits on the left side to fly the plane so the view is looking out the right side of the windshield. Here is the photo I used. I love the colors in the sky:
Using fused silks and cottons, I roughed out the sky and cockpit. You can see a black sheer I will use on the instrument panel below.
In this picture, you can see I have added some paint to correct the colors in the sky and water. I use a mixture of Profab textile paints and Golden GAC textile medium.
Now all the paint has been added, and I’m ready to work on the instrument panel. This is not meant to be an exact replica- thank God! So I am just going to add some shiny details and some beading and quilting to give the impression of an instrument panel.
I used some shiny papers I got from AC Moore. They had a paper backing that I could peel off and a sticky surface so I could put them on the fabric.
I tested them first to see if they would melt or change color with ironing, but they held up nicely with no changes. Then I overlaid the sheer and sewed it on with invisible monofilament thread, and trimmed the excess away.
I think it is coming along, and will be ready for quilting and embellishing next. I think he will be surprised- don’t you??
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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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