Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mother, Rejoice

I showed the beginnings of this new Madonna piece a few posts back. I've taken another holy card, made a transfer, and put the image on a vintage handkerchief. I've had a lot of questions about the transfers I use. They're the ones you buy in prepared sheets that you can run through your printer and then iron on to t-shirts. I get them at JoAnn's.
They're not marketed for their opacity, but they do allow you to see the prints of any fabric you use with them. They do have a plastic feel, so the fabric will no longer drape the way it did originally, but you can stitch through it, like I did with my St. Theresa piece.

I've used some vintage home dec samples around the central image, and you may recognize the "Rejoice" panel as the work of Allie Aller. This is a silk panel printed with one of her lovely floral motifs. She's planning to sell CDs of her alphabets made of flowers, so stay tuned to her site for details.
Above the central image I'm using the corner of another vintage hankie. I love the sentimentality of these textiles

I've pulled supplies for embellishment, but I think I'm going to approach this one with a light hand. That's what I always say, right?

If anyone is thinking of joining our sweater knit-along, (see previous post) we're planning to begin on October 15, so you have time to decide and gather supplies. Shoot me an email or leave a comment if you're thinking about it.


Allison Ann Aller said...

Barbara, I am beyond thrilled to see "Rejoice" so perfectly integrated with your vision for this piece.

Thank you, friend....

Plays with Needles said...

I am just loving these madonna pieces you create! Oh my, they are just lovely. I never thought to put a transfer on a hanky but it is VERY effective.

Debra said...

My mom has a friend who may be joining the sweater knit along. I'll let you know when I know.

Love the Madonna--naturally!!

Anonymous said...

Barbara, this is absolutely gorgeous--already! I love the effect of the flowers and image overlapping. Gives it an ethereal quality. Wonderful piece.

Judy S. said...

So pretty, Barbara. I love to see what you come up with! I was inspired by Susan to get that issue of Vogue, but I'm currently enamored with Dumpling bags.