Monday, March 16, 2009

Let's go jellyfishing!



(I think I've been watching too much Spongebob)

I made this last night while waiting for the Canucks game to start, it's 2 weeks overdue, eeek! Sorry Irboo!

This is for the fabric round robin I am currently involved in (and am enjoying very much). We were each given a square of dark blue fabric to work with, with a request to leave the edges unfinished as the recipient isn't yet sure whether she is going to quilt them into a wallhanging or bind them into a book.

Other than that, anything goes.

I had been wanting to try reverse applique for a while, and I have some lovely "under the sea" style batik fabric, which kind of went with the blue backing fabric, so that's what I went with.

It was a toss up between fish swimming through coral, or a jellyfish and bubbles, but I swiftly discovered I can't draw fish to save my life....so a jellyfish it was to be :D

Close up so you can see where the upper layers of fabric have been cut through to reveal the other patterns underneath (NB both this and the main pic above would really benefit from being clicked on - the Blogger-shrunk pics mess the colours and the details up):



I wanted to wash this to encourage the edges to fray more, but was paranoid in case after all that work, it shrank or ran or something....but hopefully they will scuff up a bit with handling.

5 comments:

3rdEyeMuse said...

I think your experiment in reverse applique is fantastic! I love the colors and the way the other fabrics play off each other - I think the recipient will be thrilled!

Hazel said...

I love reverse applique, and your piece here shows it off really well. You can always rub the edges with a baby wipe to fray them a bit. Your stitching is so perfect as always- you have such a talent for this fabric work!

Sarah said...

cheers for the baby wipe tip Hazel, will try that

Alison said...

Fabulous! There's an award for you on my blog Sarah! x

Angelnorth said...

This looks fantastic - love the reverse appliqué and the little beading details are fabulously liquidy!