This past month’s The Printed Fabric Bee challenge topic was Geometric Forms. Gerrie Congdon, the Queen Bee, chose this topic, but left the colors up to us. Before I show you the collection that will be given away, here is my piece and my process.
I started with this piece I dyed rust with fiber reactive dyes. I mixed Tangerine, Fuchsia and Celerian Blue to get this color.
After much thought I came up with this stencil design and cut it out of freezer paper on my Silhouette Portrait.
Gerrie wanted a 12 x 12 piece. Unfortunately my cutter does not cut that large. I ended up making two stencils and adding a couple of the squares on the top and bottom area that the stencils didn’t cover. Once I had the stencils cut out, I ironed them to the fabric.
I didn’t want those breaks in the lines, but if I wanted the stencil to hold together I needed to design it that way. So after it was ironed I cut away the connectors.
Instead of cutting the connectors away, you can stencil and then touch up later, but that would have been way too much work for this piece. (Another way to make this stencil is to not add connectors and then place each square on the fabric – also very time consuming!) Once they were all cut I was ready to add the paint.
I was looking for a color that would be the same color as the background or at least near that color. I love these Pro Chem fabric paints. So I mixed the paint, testing it on a small fabric strip.
Then it was time to stencil. And here it is completed.
Now to remove the freezer paper.
Just what I wanted! Now to add an image with a tint. Back to my paints where I added white to the rust color. Once I liked that tint I got out my thermofax screen.
I wanted one more color, so I added turquoise.
Here is the 6 x 6 piece that’s part of the collection that will be given away.
Now for the giveaway, if you’d love to win this collection of 6 x 6 inch fabrics, just leave a comment on Gerrie’s blog or on the Printed Fabric Bee blog post. Deadline is May 15.
Stop by the other members’ blogs to see how they created their pieces. Good Luck!
Lynda, what a time consuming, involved process, but your piece turned out great!
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Hi Janice, Thanks. Yes, it was a little labor intensive, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping by.