28 inches X 16 inches
Torn Commercial Fabric
Pieced, Machine Quilted
French Knot Embroidery
Permanent Fabric Marker shading
Couched Yarn Binding
When I first saw the interpretation photo of Nellie's I was immediately struck by texture and the abstractness of it. It did not take me long for direction so fabric selection began.
To keep the textural quality of my interpretation I chose to tear all my fabric with the exception of the rocks which I cut rough raw edged shapes for.
By tearing the fabric I created a raw raveling edge that enhanced the texture and added a naturalness to the piece. I tore smaller strips and layered them in my orange area to add even more testure and some dimension.
I also chose to quilt each area differently adding a lot of zig zag stitches for texture and blending from on color to the next as the layers moved down the piece.
When I place the rocks on the water's edge I shaded them with permanent fabric marker and then quilted them into the water.
Lastly I added the twine and couched that on for the twigs and roots. I shaded these too with fabric marker. (I apologize for this photo the twine is not that bright)
I made the edge irregular in shape to keep movement across the surface and not have it have a feeling of being hemmed in. Then to continue with the textural feeling I added a couched yarn binding.
I thoroughly enjoyed this interpretation and the journey it took me on.