With an eye toward that show, I've been creating pathway images these days, and I'm just about to finish my latest one.
This piece started out as a photo of my daughter Leah on the trail leading from Great Head, a stunning promontory in Acadia National Park, Maine.
Once the traced version was on the fabric, I then went ahead and put the color down with Derwent Inktense pencils. Many thanks to the ladies of Women Against the Grain, who introduced me to those pencils.
My big question for myself was how I was going to show the leafy foliage. I wanted to lay down little bits of fabric, sometimes called confetti.
They're fabulous for creating a pointillistic effect, but the question is how to fasten them down. Until now, my go-to approach has involved holding them down with an invisible, heat-activated bonding agent (such as Misty Fuse) and a piece of tulle.
That technique is kind of labor-intensive, so I decided to see whether there could be an easier way to get those teensy weensy pieces to stay down. I discovered that my felting machine could work for that purpose.
Once they're scattered on the fabric, the confetti have to be arranged and spread around, because they tend to clump. That can be kind of labor intensive in itself:
I did put down a layer of tulle over the confetti. I've never used this embellishment technique on a quilt before, and even though that confetti was stuck down pretty convincingly, I didn't want it falling off at any point. Thus, I put down a layer of tulle over the foliage parts of the quilt.
For the final step, I laid down strips of fabric printed in the black and white of birchbark: