Saratoga Spring Fountain
fabric, wool roving, yarns,
tulle netting, oil stick pastels
The fountain itself is about the only thing that appealed to me when I looked at Judith's photo mounted on my design board this month ... so I cropped in close to feature it.
But first, a background was needed. I chose to feature the brick foundation under the fountain. I found a photo in Flickr of bricks laid out in a herringbone pattern. I printed it out on paper and assigned a number to each brick, then cut them apart to use as patterns. The grout part is a whole piece of cloth torn slightly larger to extend beyond the outside bricks.
The bricks were held in place on the grout fabric with a temporary spray adhesive. For the background surrounding the pavers, I chose a batik that reflected colors and elements of the surrounding courtyard. A piece of violet colored tulle netting was laid over the background and then quilted.
I played with the fountain by cutting out shapes on brown craft paper and coloring in with pastels. The fountain part was good, but the basin was too small.
I redrew the basin and used the paper pieces as patterns for cutting the fabric. I can't believe a photo wasn't taken before details and texture were added with wool roving. Here it is (before the quilting) next to a photo of the fountain.
A layer of yellow-orange tulle trapped all the pieces of fabric, roving, and variety of yarns and thread to create the running water. The excess tulle beyond the edge of the fountain was trimmed away after the machine quilting was done.
Final details and shading to define edges and highlights on the fountain were added with oil stick pastels.
I'm not satisfied with how the front edge of the fountain looks with the quilting. That part may get reworked sometime in the future IF this piece is ever displayed anywhere other than my studio.