16th Aug 2008
So I took a leap of faith this week, one that more established artists might laugh at but was kind of a big deal to me — I dropped off some fabric postcards to our local art gallery shop to be juried for possible sale. They can be mailed in clear envelopes with first-class postage.
I really like doing origami with fabric. This is a crane I came up with a few years ago, making a wall hanging for friends for the wedding, and experimenting on a (not done yet) baby quilt for the same couple (baby is almost three now, I know…). I omit a couple of folds to keep the bulk down, and it gives it a bit of a unique look. I’d like to be able to make them smaller, but the corners get tricky and I haven’t found a starch I like.
This is my favorite of these three. The pattern lends itself well to fabric, since all of the raw edges end up folded under. The points are still tricky.
I had to manipulate this photo to get the colors to come out right — the red is the same fabric as in the crane above. There are three long raw edges on this one, so I do wonder how they’ll hold up even with the close quilting/applique. The beads also serve to anchor key folds down onto the backing. I’ll be doing some more experimenting with this pattern, or looking for a better one.
I need to find a faster edge finish, to keep the price point down on these. I love the way this looks, but it’s two passes with a very short stitch length, which takes up a lot of thread and is time consuming.