Friday, January 18, 2008

TIF Continued

I worked all day today on my challenge piece. First I laid out my wool and a little silk on top and wet felted it.
Here it is after I blocked it. It's drying.
I then started on my celtic knots (only have about 30 to do - what was I thinking??). I put fusible Pellon on the black felt on which I'd traced the celtic knots. Then I used the variegated thread to stitch around the outline from the back side. This was so I could work from the front on the outline in black.
Here's a picture of the back side after I had zigzagged around all the knots. The front side photo didn't turn out too well. I then used variegated red thread and filled in the knot again from the front side.
And look! I did it. I cut out the knots and they aren't half bad. I was a bit worried about this step as I wasn't sure my FME skills were up to this. It certainly would have been much easier on one of those computerized embroidery machines. I've gotten 11 of them done. So I'm a third of the way there.
Here's a few on the background. They aren't stitched down yet. So progress is being made. Also started the braid for around the edge.

9 comments:

MaryjoO said...

this looks totally cool. What great techniques -- now I need to go back and read though all your processes!
Maryjo

Annica said...

The knots look great! Thanks for sharing the prcess!

Purple Missus said...

The knots are turning out really well. Your patience will certainly be rewarded - I think this piece of work will look really good when completed.

Vicki W said...

I love the knots. The whole piece is turning out fantastic.

StegArt said...

This is looking really good! Love the colors in that wool.

juanita sim said...

It's great how you really laid out what you came up with in such detail. I especially like the phrase that you are working with; "In admiration of all women who live a life filled with passion and grace." Looking forward to your next steps.

Homeleightigger said...

It's working out a real treat Ruth - the knots really are working very well, and the colour is wonderful. Val

Meg in Albuquerque said...

Your piece is turning out wonderfully, thanks for sharing the processes also.

kay susan said...

Love the colour and the knots are super!