I’m back in my quilt room and playing with some techniques I picked up from the beautiful artists that I attended Art Quilt Campus under the direction of the amazing Anna Hergert this summer. ( see her here: https://annahergert.me/about/)
I gathered up some leaves from my yard and drew their outline on felt. The kind you can get at a dollar store or Walmart.
Then I stitched the outline and veins on like this:
Next they were cut out and I burnt worm holes in them with my Hot marks gun
I turned a hotgun onto the edges to melt back them back to the stitching. Using a fork I held the leaf in the air and applied the hotgun to it. This made the leaves curl just like they do when drying in the fall. Below you can see them pinned to my design wall. I’m working on a “slug” quilt for my Lyme Dis Ease series and will use the pale ones in that. Watch for that soon (I hope) and the brighter ones are going to be used in a quilt that is still in my imagination. I think this technique is perfectly suited to making realistic leaves. I will post an update on how well they attach to my project.
Of course I used my protective mask and suggest you do the same. It smells bad but on a bright note I feel good that this felt is made from recycled plastic bottles so I’m recycling right? LOL…