Inner Circle

Does anyone remember this wall hanging in process? Well, now it’s finished. Here’s what I did to get to this status.

I spent a lot of thinking about how to give the piece more weight and presence,taking into consideration my skills and my eyesight limitations. I want to extend my thanks to Leonie Andrews, who took a lot of time and consideration of the piece in coming up with several suggestions. She really helped me figure out what I wanted this piece to be, from a fabric standpoint.

Because – though the images are drawn, the fact that they are on fabric makes the piece different from a painting on canvas or ink on paper.

In the end, I used skills that I am familiar with and practiced in from my days in making fabric wall hangings (my first real venture into the art world, I made and sold appliqued wall hangings from about 1996-2001 or so).

I used very thin batting and a backing for the piece, so I had three layers to work with. I did free-motion stitching all over the piece in different colors of thread that I felt complemented but did not compete with the images.

My version of this technique consists of driving around the piece as fast as possible and paying no attention to the pattern the thread makes or inconsistent stitch lengths and so on. I just try to get a nice amount of thread holding all the layers together in a way that looks good to me.

I left a few areas without stitching, or with less stitching, but mostly I really laid that thread down. I just like the flatter look for this piece.

Then I put a black binding around it plus a hanging sleeve and voila! All done.

Here are some detail photos.

Well, there you have it. The serendipity of scrawling some images on fabric to test out paints and markers transformed into something more. I named the piece “Inner Circle” because I think these creatures are all part of a tight little society that landed on my fabric.

15 thoughts on “Inner Circle

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    I like it this turned out with the stitching. It does seem to complete the image in a way a smooth flat surface did not. Plus I like doing this kind of sewing.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    Your wall hanging is spectacular, Claudia. I was thinking, upon looking at the first image, that there was a wonderful visual texture to the whole piece, almost as if it was a fresco. Upon scrolling down I see this is all down to you bringing your sewing skills into play. I appreciate you providing the close up photographs so that we can understand how the stitches interact with the painted images.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I really enjoyed making this. The painting part went ultra-fast and I didn’t overwork it. And I do love to do free motion stitching – it is so relaxing just to drive the machine around the fabric like this. I like the look you get with a lot of stitching, too.

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