Jane Hartfield’s Doodle Quilt
Doodle certainly speaks to your imagination. My first thoughts were about dogs: Labradoodle, Double Doodle, etc. I don’t own those breeds nor do I have photos I have taken of them.
Then life happened and I had a very difficult start to the year that included lots of time on the road. It was hard to even think about our challenge. However, when I finally got home and had time to look around my studio, I remembered a piece of linen I had dyed some time ago.
It was a rather small piece that began as a “messy monoprint”. That is a fun process without a definitive end product. You paint thickened dye onto thin plastic. I probably used a Walmart bag. Next you lay the fabric on top and roll across it with a paint roller or brayer. When you remove the fabric there are many textural marks on it that would be impossible to make by intention.
On this particular piece I used turquoise and yellow dyes which produced many shades of green. I truly loved the piece. To further define the visual texture, I taped it to sandpaper and used a Sharpie to “doodle” around the tiny shapes and marks. I left it like that a long time. It was too small to use for most of my projects, and not one that I cared to reproduce in a large format.
Then our challenge came up. I took the piece and fused it to Eco Fi felt. Then I added foil using a freezer paper stencil for the letters and Bo Nash bonding powder for the sprinkles and fusible thread for more doodling. By the way, the freezer paper stencil was the wrong thing to use. Wonder Under would have been much easier.
This piece is not quilted.
I find it very difficult to photograph work with foil on it. When I turned off some of the light, I got a better shot. It must have something to do with reflections. If anyone knows more about this, please tell me.