... and it's about time!
I am giving a talk tomorrow on antique stenciled quilts. Since there are very few extant examples, and none in my collection, I decided to make an example to show ... cause you know how quilters like to look at quilts!
My inspiration was a quilt on the cover of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, July/August 2005. This quilt (not mine) hanging at Mountain QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge, TN was made from the magazine pattern.
Rather than applique the flower vines, however, my plan was to stencil them. I made the yellow braids about 10 years ago, but it has taken me this long to screw up the courage to attempt the stenciling. And since I am now facing a critical deadline, the quilt project has turned into a small wall hanging.
Once I had replaced the pigment inks that had dried up over time, I was able to get started. The sunflower stencil I chose is about 5" wide so I cut my strips 6-1/2". I used a Kona cotton, washed without fabric softener. I stabilized the strips with freezer paper on the back.
|Freezer paper backed Kona strip|
The pigment inks I use are manufactured by Tsukineko.
|Tsukineko Pigment Inks|
Ink is applied by brushing or rubbing from the stencil surface into the open area. The initial effect is relatively light. Shading is accomplished by increasing pressure if rubbing or adding additional ink around the edges if brushing.
The finished product is heat set with an iron.
I decided the sunflowers showed up better so I made two more of those. Check back tomorrow to see the finished wall hanging.
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