|This grapevine was growing on the garage when we bought the house in 1986. If we were serious about using the grapes, we would cut it back every year, because grapes only grow on new vines. Oh, well.|
Next I decided to make some grapes. I used fabric I had dyed with grapes a few weeks ago, along with the
other members of the CT Fiber Arts Collective. Many thanks to Carol Eaton for offering her home and showing everyone how to do this.
|I used Misty Fuse to stick these grape images down to the background. Then I used free-motion stitching to sew them down.|
|I'm not very good at free-motion stitching. It takes a lot of practice.|
|By placing pieces of muslin on the back, I can then cut little snips in the muslin and stuff stuffing into each grape and make them three-dimensional.|
My next sunprint, a few days later, was a different piece: the backing of another quilt I'm working on. I mixed Setacolor paints in a dark spruce green and put ferns onto it along with pieces of hemlock and arborvitae.
|Ferns, hemlock, and arborvitae are smooshed into the painted fabric, then more paint is slathered on top of them. I held all the pieces down with pins.|
|It was out there so long that birds pooped on it. No matter--the poop didn't make a mark, and I just flicked it off. As a mother of three, after having cleaned up many intestinal products, I'm not scared by this stuff.|