Monday, July 15, 2013

Barbara's Cell - Under the Microscope


Under the Microscope began with a Google image search of the word Cell.  There were soooo many images of human, animal, plant and I can't remember what else!  I used my memory to create these not so real cells.
I began cutting batting shapes for each cell followed by playing with fabrics that reminded me of the cell images.  All the fabrics are raw edge (no fusible) and stitched by hand with # 8 perle cotton through the batting circle shape only.  I had help from my husband and daughter to arrange the cells on thick gray felt (the background).  Each cell is stitched to the felt and I added stitching on the felt to add interest.  There is no batting or backing behind the felt and no binding.  The squiggly green shape on the yellow cell is a handmade felt stem that I made in a wet felting class.
I had the most fun finding the fabrics and doing the hand stitching!

20 comments:

  1. I can tell you had fun just by looking at this piece! Your "not so real" cells are wonderfully diverse and colorful!

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  2. Very fun and whimsical...makes me smile.

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  3. What a FUN piece. I love your interpretation of "cells" and the variety of vivid, yet subtle, colors. Very creative, clever and whimsical!

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  4. Agree, looks like you had fun and they are so fun to look at as well. Lovely colors and the stitching so complementary. Well done!!

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  5. Great job - it looks so right for the theme :)
    Carol

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  6. I bet this was very relaxing to work on with all the hand stitching you beautifully executed. Your fabrics are lively yet unified with the calming gray background. Lovely.

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  7. Love everything about this! The fabrics, color, composition and all the extra handwork. Such a fun quilt to just sit back and look at!

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  8. This is so OVER THE TOP beautiful. I love handstitching so this wins my heart the most...wonderful wonderful.

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  9. This quilt makes me want to actually touch it

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  10. I love your artful intrepretation of the real thing. There is no doubt as to the theme word.
    Would love to see this in person and touch it!

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  11. Love Love Love your color choices, your fun approach to the theme, and the quilt is amazing. What a great job!!!! Just wonderful. Kudos to you!!!

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  12. I love this design. I would really like to develop it into a repeating pattern for fabric printing. I would like to ask your permission to do that.

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  13. This is sooo beautiful

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  14. I am so excited about these! I have triplet grandsons (age 6) who are fascinated with science. We are going to do a unit on the human body this summer beginning with an introduction to cells and the microscope. I'd like to use this idea with them, and make some fabric cells for things that they see under the microscope.

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  15. luv this!!! just discovered this blog and luv it!!!

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  16. Wow....the images of Barbara's Cell is so clear that each and everything is clearly visible. May I know which type of microscope you are using for it.

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  17. goddamn those were some hot ass cells

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