Thursday, 27 May 2010

Alternative Backgrounds Tutorial

My previous post showed how to put together a Poppy Field. Here I want to share with you some ideas for creating a similar background but in a variety of different ways.

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At first glance this background might look the same as the one in my first post on this topic but this was made without a pattern and just put together by eye. Not difficult to do, but my tip would be to go for a straight horizontal line to start to denote the horizon. After that anything goes!

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I have quilted this piece in straight lines in matching threads, back and forth before adding any flowers.

For this next method I tore thin strips and stitched them row by row along their centre onto the a background.
The rough edges give it texture.

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This background continues with ripping and stripping, but once the fabrics are placed on the background they are covered in a sheer layer and then machined down into place.

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Lots of pictures but you get the drift and below is the finished background.

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And finally small straight strips, a few of each colour, will result in this.

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I hope this has given you a few new ideas. Next time I will look at different ways to add flowers.

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  1. So, so amazing! I know that I have said this to you already! But I truly admire you for dying your own fabrics! And the time involved...

    Blessings & Aloha!

  2. I love the texture even before it is covered and quilted. Wonderful technique. I will have to give it a try.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave this comment Joan. I appreciate it.

  3. These are some great ideas to work with. The texture is great!

  4. Such amazing art.

  5. Thank you! I've been searching for various ways to make backgrounds and this post helped! I love the torn strips covered with tulle idea and will try that!


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