Silk paper masks mounted on handcrafted felt and a quilted background. This quilt was exhibited at the Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild Show called The Magic of Cloth.
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I created a prefelt with a variety of fibres, silk, mohair locks, and threads. I left a panel in the centre free of embellishment, trusting that a face would eventually emerge! I placed some polyester stuffing behind the centre panel and began to needlefelt and add dry fibre, as I needed it.
The quilted background is batik cotton and free machine embroidered. I used a natural cotton batting. The felt was needled onto the background and a few securing stitches were added.
Voice: Private Collection.
This piece was part of an auction organized by Dufferin County Artists in October 2001 to benefit the New York Relief Fund. The fibre, fabric and techniques I used are similar to African Spirit above.
Created at the Jeanette Appleton's Workshop in Canberra, ACT, Australia. A number of different techniques were combined into this one piece. After several samples had been made, we were asked to cut into them then reconstruct and felt a new design. After the initial grip of anxiety had passed, Polynesian Queen took shape!
I'm not known for being a seamstress! But I had a hankering to make a felt vest…I had a simple pattern that I laid under plastic as I arranged 3 - 4 layers of fibre, silk and manmade glitz. I wet felted each section roughly to size. With my 84-year-old mother's expert help, this rich vest was fitted and stitched. I needlefelted the machined seams and a number of darts that were deemed necessary!