More Painted Textile Pieces

Since last week I’ve continued to work on my small (about 10 inch square) pieces for my From Sketchbook to Wall class, and have five done (mostly.) I’ve learned that it’s hard to hand sew through fabric covered with acrylic paint, and that I want to hold onto some resemblance to my inspiration landscape. That surprised me as I think I’ve reached a fairly high comfort level with abstraction.

Original photo of riprap along towpath with the Cuyahoga River at the top
My interpretation of photo. I used offcuts from a photo I had printed on fabric for the tree groups.
A fading bouquet left on a bench by the scenic railroad stop. I’ve seen flowers left on the bench several times, so I think it must be a memorial tribute to someone.
Hmm, I think it looks like there’s a hint of the railroad tracks in it as well as the bench slats.
Fuzzy photo of first new growth
I decided to hurry along the greening up, and also added needle felted leaves. I don’t like my stitching on them as it’s too folk arty.
I did like that riprap.
I may still go over the white lines with stitching.
I loved the textures and acid yellow green stuff.
I kept the yellow green but decided to think pink. The base is a mended patch from an old tablecloth.

While I love the texture hand stitching gives, in the future I think I’ll use paint and its cousins more to transform the base fabrics. I have lots of painted fabric left for more such textile works, though I think I want to try to create fantasy landscapes next time.

Leftover fabrics fused to base

I have lots of photos for inspiration, but I want to use them mostly as inspiration for textures. I like the rough arrangements I did of my painted fabrics better than my deliberately composed ones.

If you’re on Instagram and want to see other people’s work from this class, search #tansyhargantextilecourse.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.


Filed under Project Ideas, Techniques

9 responses to “More Painted Textile Pieces

  1. Gwyned

    Fascinating to see you go from picture to interpretation. So many experiments. Each a lesson.

  2. Fabulous! I love your fabric interpretatiions!

  3. I swear, I get a rush looking at these pieces; all those layers and that texture! I especially like the first piece. I can understand the “folk arty” – I hand stitched floss on painted cheesecloth leaves and had that same feeling. When I stitch on canvas or heavily painted fabric I pre-poke holes using a slightly larger needle or stiletto tool . It may be twice the work but makes the stitching, especially with floss, so much easier.
    As always, this is a very inspiring post, thank you.

  4. Jane E Herbst

    I love where you and the textile spirits are going here. Especially enjoying the color play of the “greening up fuzzy first growth,” the rip rap, and the fused leftovers “fantasy landscape.” The serendipity of hand-dyeing (thank you!) fabrics and yarns is helping me embrace representation and interpretation of my world. I am so much enjoying the journey. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

    • It’s good to hear you’re dyeing stuff as it’s so fun to create with cloth and yarn you’ve colored. With this class I have tried to embrace failure. If something doesn’t work, so what.

  5. Barbara Haugen

    Love your spirit of adventure!

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