A Walk in the Forest art quilt by Karen Lane

A Walk in the Forest…..

The latest quilt challenge for members of the Cranwell group is A Walk in the Forest and this is my interpretation.

A Walk in the Forest
A Walk in the Forest

With each challenge we are also given a particular technique to use somewhere within our work, for this particular piece we were asked to include painted Bondaweb.  This could be used over a large area or just included as a tiny piece, it was entirely at our discretion.  Those of you with a keen eye might be wondering where my Bondaweb is…….it’s so insignificant it’s not even worth me pointing it out!

When the subject was given out I immediately had this image in my mind of the trees and forest floor cut out of several pieces of Lutradur and stitched to create the illusion of depth.  I also knew that I wanted a shimmering backdrop to represent the daylight glistening at the edge of the woods.  After auditioning several fabrics, and not being happy with any of them, I decided to go with wallpaper for my background.  I had a sample of paper that was just large enough and created exactly the effect I was seeing in my mind.

The Lutradur trees were coloured from dark to light to suggest that the viewer is walking from inside the forest towards the light at the edge of the woods.  I figured the Bondaweb would be used fairly discretely to create shadow on the forest floor.  Unfortunately, as I had coloured the Lutradur with wax crayons, there was no way that the Bondaweb was going to bond!  Having said that, a tiny piece is clinging on, allowing me to say I have included Bondaweb in my work……..just not a lot of it!

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7 Comments

    1. Glad you liked it Ruth. Thanks for the link, you have some beautiful work on there! I will try again with the painted Bondaweb but next time on a cotton background rather than on Lutradur.

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  1. Beautiful Karen! Did you cut out the ferns and then stitch them on? I wouldn’t know Lutradur if it bit me and I couldn’t see the Bondaweb. Good job!

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. The ferns were also made from Lutradur. I free machine stitched the outline for each leaf and then cut them out using a fine tip soldering iron. It sounds fiddly but it’s really quite a quick process. After painting they were stitched on to the background by hand.

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    1. Thanks Shalinee. I’ve never been too interested in doing traditional quilting, although I can appreciate the work that goes into it. I like to experiment with different materials and techniques…..glad you liked it!

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