Fiberart for a Cause

This is my donation piece for Virginia Spiegels fund raiser Fiberart for a Cause. It is an Invitational Reverse Auction of Fiberart, March 24 – 26, 2009. Each artist donates a fiber artwork with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the American Cancer Society. 5 1/2” x 9 1/2”

To make this, I painted white PFD cotton fabric with textile paints, the letters were cut from magazines and collaged with gel medium. The finished painting was fused to Peltex heavy weight interfacing, and quilted. I cut the metal house shape from a sheet of aluminum craft metal with decorative scissors and used an x-acto to cut the window and doors. I used a 90/14 needle on my sewing machine to stitch the metal with a heavy cotton thread and embossed it after it was sewn to the panel.

I wanted to draw a more elaborate design on the metal than random doodles, so I drew a design on tracing paper and laid it over the metal and lightly traced over the design with a stylus transferring the design to the metal. I went over the design with the stylus embossing it in the metal giving it more depth and adding details.

20 Responses to “Fiberart for a Cause”

  1. Karen says:

    Judy, this is a fantastic work for a wonderful cause!

  2. susan says:

    do wonders ever cease? hope not 🙂

  3. Judy, judy, judy…..I love these little pieces. They are awesome. You have a wonderful eye for color.

  4. katie says:

    beautiful work, judy, and for such a great cause. i appreciate your step-by-step walk/talk-through on your creation process too. happy new year!

  5. Judy – Thanks for sharing the how-to. I’m going to add it as a link to my original blog post about your artwork. It is just such an optimistic and cheerful piece. Thank you for so generously donating it to the Reverse Auction. V.

  6. ann says:

    Really creative. A wonderful piece of sculptural quilted art.

  7. Marjorie says:

    What a lovely donation! I do have a question–from the photo, the deisgn lines look raised but how can this be if you are embossing after sewing the metal to the backing? Am I reading the photo wrong or are you embossing from the back? Thanks, Marjorie

  8. Hi Marjorie,

    thanks, when you draw on the metal to emboss it, the areas between the lines appear to puff up because of the depressions in the metal when drawing. On the doors you see the embossing puffing up because it is the back side of the doors. they were embossed closed, then opened up and folded back. It becomes very dimensional and looks more complex than it really is to do.

  9. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us. I love the cheerfulness of it.

  10. KarenF says:

    Another great little piece! I love your use of color and the metal embossing just shines (literally and figuratively!). And all for a great cause too…superb!

  11. luanne says:

    judy, this is gorgeous. so creative and so YOU. love it!

    i wasn’t familiar with FFAC previously so thanks for spreading that word too.

  12. Lavon says:

    this is amazing. I am so in awe!

  13. Carol Sloan says:

    Well, as usual you’ve done it again Judy! I just love your creative spirit…straight from the soul.

  14. Oh Judy, this is just wonderful. It makes me happy just to look at it. Thank you!

  15. Judy Hartman says:

    Your work is absolutely amazing! I love the metal element and your sense of design.

  16. Plain Jane says:

    beautiful and thanks so much for the ‘how to.’ It never occurred to me to sitch the metal and batting/fabric and THEN emboss it. pure genius!

  17. This is beautiful, I love the metalwork, your design is great!

  18. Chriss says:

    This is beautiful! How generous you are to create for a cause. Cancer is such a horror, I know this very personally. I hope to take your workshop in Feb. with the guild…I am on the wait list, crossing my fingers.


  19. Thanks Chriss, well if you don’t make it into this class you can try for IQF in April, I am teaching the same two classes.

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