A few weeks ago I got together with my quilting buddies from the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective and dyed fabric with grapes and grape concentrate.
A little after that I experimented with sunprints of grape leaves.
Now I'm putting the two together.
|The grape-dyed fabric was cut using a grape patttern and sewn onto the grape leaf sunprint|
|Can you believe that I actually stuffed a few of those grapes? On the back, there is a piece of muslin, and after I sewed the lines for the grapes, I cut into the muslin and stuffed many of the grapes with polyester fiberfill.|
|I added background paint to the grape bunches, then made three-dimensional wired leaves with the grape leaf sunprints.|
|This is the piece as it now exists, pre-quilting|
My next step will be to add trapunto and then quilt the piece as a whole.
I'm going to add this piece to a harvest themed quilt show soon to be mounted by the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective.
Meanwhile, emboldened by the success of the sunprints, I tried a few more today, using the leaves of the birch tree in our yard.
If I decide to continue in this--ha ha, vein--I may use the sunprints to make three dimensional leaves to be part of this image:
|How cool would that be? The fiber images would be made from cloth stamped with the leaves of the same birch whose leaves have fallen into the birdbath in this photo.|
|Why did that cabbage leaf give me only the most ghostly of images, all but invisible here?|