“Cam’s Castle” .. a new Art Quilt

“Cam’s Castle” started life like this.. layers of fabric pinned to cotton batting

 

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon work in progress

It turned into this after a few hours of stitching

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon“Cam’s Castle” 2014 45 x 32 cm

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon

Cam is my son, he is 7 years old and one of his absolute favourite things to do is build in the sand. He has built some really quite elaborate castles and some really very plain ones. The main thing is, that every castle he has built has been special, and important, and if we have a camera handy, we must take a photo of it as it won’t survive the sea. I think he actually quite likes the transience of sandcastles, he knows that they are only around for such a short period of time but that is what makes each one so special. This is a tribute to just one castle.. out of the many.

New Art Quilt: “Leo Looking out”

I have decided to keep posting on here as it is very cold and lonely over on WordPress.org!. No one sees you over there….

I finished my first proper art quilt for the year this week, it is based on a photo of my nephew Leo at the beach, taken by my clever brother from Sydney Images. He flies around in planes and helicopters and takes amazing photos of Sydney (my brother, not my nephew!)

I started my layering the fabrics .. sorry, I forgot to take a photo before I started stitching, too excited to get going.

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

Then I started stitching all over it in multiple colours

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

The figure was appliqued on once the background was stitched.

The finished piece

Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene by Rebekah Dundon

Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene by Rebekah Dundon

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Madeit.com.au Designer in the spotlight : Bekahdu

I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the Madeit.com.au Designer in The Spotlight spot this week. Go here to see the interview if you want to have a read. I always find it is always such a tricky thing answering questions like that about my self and my work, and even trickier putting photos out there!.

Important news Bekahdu is Moving!

I have just finished setting up my brand new wordpress.org website and blog yippee. I will be posting my blog on there from now on. I’m a bit sad however as  I lost all my likes and followers during the move..

luckily your lovely comments have all stayed with me  🙂

I know you are still out there, so if you would like to continue seeing what I’m about then I would be ever so grateful if you could pop over to www.bekahdu.com.au/blog and follow me over there.

See you there. 🙂

Framed textile art: Bird of Paradise

I had a request on my Facebook page recently to make some Bird of Paradise and other tropical flowers. So today was the day to start. I thought I’d try a slightly different way of doing them. I normally just use small bits of fabric to make of my design, this time I thought I’d try making the body of the design with raw edge fused applique.

I started with a simple line drawing, based on a painting that I did many years ago when I was a painter.. You can see the original painting in the top image. The original is long gone so all I have left are printouts of photos. I traced  sections of the flowers from the line drawing and fused then to the correct colour fabric with vliesofix.

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

I really like the background of that painting, the way the blues and greens blend together, and wanted to achieve a similar affect with the art quilt. I decided to use a gorgeous printed sheer fabric (I scored a lovely huge piece of this brand new from the local Op Shop!). It has a fabulous texture and sheen to it. I used the wrong side as my front though, to tone down the sheen and the bright colours a little. I layered it over a soft pale blue cotton, so that it would gain an extra blue tinge. I used a little quilters spray glue to hold it together as the sheer fabric is very slippery!.

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

I then fused my cut flower pieces to my background. Of course my flower turned out the reverse of the painting as I forgot to reverse the image before tracing!.

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

 And then started to stitch.. then stitched some more

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

Then stitched some more until it was all finished

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

It then went into a black box frame and came out like this

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

Art Journals

It’s been school holidays, so I’ve been out having some adventures with my little boys. We’ve been to the big smoke (Sydney) for a couple of weeks, explored our local waterfall and climbed a local mountain.. more of a hill really!!.

As well as all that, I’ve been busy making journals..Click on the photos to see more information.

Art Journal quilted textile red rose

Art Journal quilted textile vintage bouquet

Art Journal quilted textile green apple

Sunflower Textile journal

I made a slightly different journal this week. A bit more fun and a bit more bright!. I added a free motion sunflower that I made a year or so ago .. once I made it I didn’t know what to do with it so it has just sat there shining at me …..I also did some hand stitching and added some buttons to the journal to spark it up even more.

I left a few of raw edges on this one so that the gentle fraying becomes part of the design.

Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower textile art journal

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Sunflower textile art journal

Back

Sunflower textile art journal

 

Sunflower made by free motion stitching onto water solvable fabric. Once the stitching is complete, simply soak in water and the base fabric magically disappears leaving a lace like flower. I used three different yellows and orange to make up the flower.. and LOTS of stitching.

Sunflower textile art journal

This journal also has a ribbon bookmark with a fabric tassel.

It is available for sale here as a kit if you are interested. My Art Journal Kits include the journal and a packet of coordinating fabric scraps, ribbon and papers, to start you on your journaling journey.