I watched Susan Brubaker Knapp's DVD on painting and stitching starting with a black and white print out of my photograph and choosing my own colors. I traced the design lines from my photo. Scanned the tracing into the computer and then printed it as close to 12 by 12 as I could. I copied the lines onto some fine pfd fabric and pinned the fabric taut onto some foam core board. I painted with mostly Setacolor paint and a bit of Jacquard lumiere paint and some Stewart and Gill Alchemy paint (the copper and yellow green of the eye). The painting took a lot longer than I expected it would and I waited for drying between colors.After everything was painted and dried, I backed the work with 2 layers of Pellon 40 weight stabilizer (Susan uses an interfacing but I already have the stabilizer) and sketched over any pencil lines with thread and added additional shading and texture with thread. This was tricky for me - the piece probably could have used additional thread work but I tend to love stitching and playing with thread so much that I end up thread painting not sketching so I intentionally held myself back. I finally sandwiched the top with a sample of wool batting and quilting with monofilament thread to add texture but not more color. The quilt was finished with a facing.
|Sara's Spiral - Ammonite as it might have existed in its Spiral Home|