What does one do while recovering from surgery?......not much it seems! Housework is out of the question!....of course it was never part of the equation to begin with!! LOL.... but no seriously....what does one do when there are restrictions for healing?
Six weeks ago I was asked to create something using a 9"x9" cotton square which will be added to numerous other squares to make a large quilt. The only idea I was given was the one word "Gloria" and it was to tie in with handbell ringing. I do not like working with fabric unless I'm sewing something for the house, so this project was a bit daunting for me. I procrastinated blaming my inspiration for not producing. Finally this week, getting fed up with lazing around, I tackled this project. After fooling around some, I had a plan. The result is the above quilt square.
Here's what I did....
I knew that in my stash of "junk" I had two pewter hand bells just begging to be used! I brushed black acrylic ink onto the fabric until the fabric was fully saturated then I let it all dry. With a chinese brush, I drybrushed whisps of silver metallic acrylic ink lightly over the surface. With the properly choiced lettering stencil, I used the Sharpie Metallic Silver Poster Paint marker to pen the words. Then the square needed a frame so I chose some black/silver seed beads and embroidered them onto the material. I certainly didn't enjoy sewing the beads but I did them while watching a favourite tv show....so it wasn't too painful!
The project is completed and is flying its way to its recipient....yippee or should I say "Gloria"