Clockwise from triangle:
The triangle is one layer of felt stab stitched to the ground with backstitch around the surface fabric edging. This has created a low relief.
The circle/dome consists of multiple layers of felt, each getting progressively bigger, stab stitched on top of each other to create a dome shape. The silk has then been backstitched in place to create a high relief area.
The larger ring is a rubber washer tacked in place between the layers and then backstitched close to the ring to give a hard high relief and definite shape.
The smaller ring is a similar rubber washer stitched with a spaced chain stitch. Although the washer is the same height as the other example it doesn’t look it because of the softer and less defined finish.
The larger beaded ring has been made using the technique of multiple felt layers, gradually increasing in size, as detailed above. The final felt ring was covered in white silk before applying to the surface and then peyote beading was woven over the whole structure from the outer edge to the inner. I started with size 11 Myuki beads and changed to size 15 beads as the area decreased in size.
This cotton was a plain boring brown, so I decided to give it a metallic sheen with Lumiere paints applied with a roller. Surprisingly, it hasn’t gone stiff at all (I know Lumiere paints shouldn’t affect the fabric handle but I did apply the colour layers very liberally).
I wanted to do a bit of machine quilting and chose a digitized design, around 10 x 10cm in size. I made a sandwich of calico, fairly thick wadding and my painted cotton, set the machine up, changed the tension, said a couple of prayers, crossed my fingers and pressed the Start button. It worked perfectly!! The result is lovely and because my sandwich was quite thick and the stitching fairly tight it has an excellent dimensional appearance where the light plays across the different densities of stitching and colour.
For this hand quilted sample I layered calico, medium weight wadding, some cut sheers, sateen and organza and finally overlaid the entire surface with a matt, almost-transparent, white polyester organdy. Simple running stitch has been done using different numbers of stranded cotton together in the needle.
I tried different placements of stitching to see how the effects would look where the light weight fabrics overlapped and a shadow was formed. Below are close-ups of different areas.
Each one looks effective in its own way.
By planning the fabric colours and overlap resulting colours in advance a quilted piece like this could result in a lot of depth and perceived dimension.
This circle drawing I did back in Project 4 would be an excellent trial piece to see the multiple effects of layering sheers and other partially transparent fabrics.
I like the black outlines on the picture and stitching could be applied using the same colour thread throughout so as not to distract from the colour variations.