japanese garden

finished this last night – my entry in the cloth paper scissors magazine reader challenge

it had to measure 6 in x 6 in and incorporate at least 3 different types of media as well as stitching

i used japanese fabrics and vintage coins, as well as stencilled and stamped images, broderie perse applique, free-motion stitching, couching and 3D applique

japanese garden by rita summers, detail

japanese garden by rita summers, detail

japanese garden by rita summers

japanese garden by rita summers

to see my entry on the cloth paper scissors challenge page, click here


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if you’ve been keeping up with my recent photo diary posts, you would have seen this project in progress

i attended a workshop with sue dennis at warwick in queensland last month where we learned and/or developed lots of techniques

first we made ‘art cloth’ with layers of stencilling, stamping and painted cut and/or torn fusible web

after backing the decorated cloth with wadding, we added machine stitching and 2D and 3D broderie perse, as well as machine-stitched couching using various yarns

of course, my alter ego – stitchedupmama – had to add some crochet flowers …

we also made cords from twisted yarns and free motion zig zag machine stitching

fusible interfacing was then ironed on the back of the embellished cloth before we cut the cloth into ’tiles’ (after further reinforcing the whole piece with a fused fabric backing onto which we had stitched some pieces of velcro)

the wallhanging ‘frame’ sections also had velcro stitched down the centres

after the tiles were finished, i had fun playing around with different arrangements

the possibilities are endless!