Saturday, April 19,2015
Saturday, was a day filled with errands including a trip to the dealership to have a mirror replaced on my driver side door. I did not have a lot of time to actually work on my project but I did do a lot of thinking about it.
My conundrum is how to replicate the art piece as close to his drawing as possible. In part knowing myself I have to suppress my fussy nature I have to prevent myself from “fixing” his anatomical errors. I also realized I wanted to be sure not to flip / mirror the orientation of the picture as I want it to look as close to the original as possible. I am anticipating thread painting as some of the process so I am going to use my Ricky Tims Stable Stuff to stabilize the fabric. I drew out the picture on the stabilizer and then putting on a sun lit window redrew the picture. I had used pencil when traced directly on the picture as I did not want to damage it. When retracing on the window I used a fine line sharpie. I figured since I can not get the sharpie marks out of my fabrics when I write on my uniforms by accident the marks will also stay when I do it on purpose. I plan to fuse / my stabilizer to my fabric then sew from the back a single line of stitching recreating the drawing lines. By having a mirrored drawing as my pattern when I sew from the back it should look like the original drawing. I am going to use ( 60 wt) matching thread. Hopefully, by doing this it will give me a basic sketch that I will use thread painting strengthen and define. I can already tell the face is going to be the biggest challenge.
The next task I do have planned related to this project is fabric selection. I am going into my stash to find fabrics that will work to replicate the drawing. From those fabrics I will let my grandson pick the fabrics to go into the drawing. I have to be careful on how I handle this as my grandson knows I have a stash of Star Wars and Super Hero fabric that I will be using in the other blocks of the project. I can see him wanting the drawings to have super hero clothes on. It is his quilt but I will maintain control and decorum.
Doing a rough draft of the project on the stabilizer is as far as I have gotten for today….. no sewing. More errands and chores to do today …. such is life.
If anyone has any input, tips about the project and techniques I am using by all means tell me now, leave a comment.
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