New Work and Process: Seeing the Signs

Seeing the Signs
cotton (Gütermann) thread, hand dyed Shetland & Angora wool
49 x 36 x 1/16″


This technically is quilting. Will it keep you warm at night? Nope. Well, maybe you could wrap each one around various limbs, but that wouldn’t get my vote. But still, it’s basically quilting, promise. Using free-motion embroidery on a quilt “sandwich” is the basic formula for a quilt.  I’ve even used the traditional wool batting, or meat layer of the sandwich if you will, that they would have used in olden days. Granted, my Shetland wool is hand dyed hot pink and ok, a little non-traditionally, I’ve thrown in some angora (uber fluffy bunny fur) for accent. To top it off, the pieces are lightly hand-felted.

And here’s how…


After felting and rinsing, they are left to drip-dry overnight or until we need to take a shower. 🙂

Oh, and why hot pink, you say? Why not hot pink, I say. I see these as sign posts or markers or some kind so a color that says “pay attention” was needed. Also. there are tons of little eyes one each one (at least, that’s what I see). This piece has something to do with the ability or inability to really see what’s in front of you and what’s coming, not just visually but psychologically, emotionally, etc.

4 Replies to “New Work and Process: Seeing the Signs”

  1. I share your passion for water soluble stabizer and wet felting! I’ve used it with my Baby Lock Embellisher (favorite tool in addition to Brother Nouvelle 1500S for free motion stitching!) and I love the texture created with both; it is so creative and the boundries are just endless! Great work!

  2. Thank Margo! Stabilizer is fascinating stuff, isn’t it? I like the idea of combining the age-old method of felt making with new-fangled technologies! I also have an embellisher (well, my mother has one; I borrow it), but admittedly haven’t used it in a while. Oh, and I love the variety of textures in your coats and hats. Wonderful!

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