What an absolutely wonderful theme for this challenge ! As I may have mentioned in a group e-mail to the Material Mavens, I thought it was interesting that we'd have a choice of how to interpret this word: Could it be "TEAR" as in weeping ? Could it be "TEAR" as in being torn apart ? Or... perhaps a combination of both ?
I chose to do a combination !
The "Background" for this quilt is made from strips of beautiful taffeta fabric that are frayed and kind of "worn" at the edges. There are lots of hanging threads that further emphasize the torn edges. I wove the strips to create a "basket weave" piece of cloth.
The beautiful "Tear" in the forefront is actually two separate pieces. I copied the background image onto Silk Fabric; carefully cut out the "Tear" and then fused it to my background fabrics(s) using MISTIFUSE. (This is one of my most favorite products; one that I've GOT to have in my Studio at all times !)
To provide the shimmer and beautify of the "Tear," I traced the image onto beautiful "be-jeweled" sheer fabric, carefully cut out the image, then top-stitched it over the "Tear" using Monofilament Thread.
The binding and backing of "Tear / Tear" is the same beautiful taffeta that was used for the woven strip background.
As it turns out.... "Tear / Tear" is one of my Most Favorites of all the themes we've had !
Peace and blessings to all, Kathy