Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds   11" x 14"   Diane Evans  2010
I realized recently, as I was stitching swirls and feathers into a small wall quilt, that my machine quilting reminds me a little of my own hair, the difference being that I have more control over the machine quilting.  So when I saw a sketch by artist Traci Bautista in the book, “Creative Time and Space,” by RicĂ« Freeman-Zachery, I was inspired to create (with Traci’s permission) a small portrait where machine quilting motifs became the subject’s tresses.
Parts of both Lucy’s eye and mouth were drawn with Tsukineko ink pens; the rest of the design was stitched with 40-weight rayon thread.  I felt she needed a little bling, so I added French knots, using silver metallic thread.  The title came easily, since the silver threads sparkled like diamonds in her hair.
The piece was mounted on fiber core inside a mat board; I couched blue Perle Cotton around the perimeter of the design so that it would show just inside the opening of the mat.
Lucy was a joy to create from start to finish.  If only my hair could look like hers . . .

Diane

9 comments:

Bee said...

She's beautiful! I'd love to have hair like hers too! The "diamonds" are the perfect touch.

Pat Spillane said...

Hysterical! I love her - and her NAME.

Karen said...

How fun is that!!?? I love her hair! I've used most of those quilting motifs, but never saw them as tresses :).

Marilyn Rock said...

There's no end to your talent Diane! I love her! xxoo

Diane Wright said...

WOW! That's very cool! I love her hair!!! and the sparkle is perfect.

Tracey said...

She is lovely!

Quilt Rat said...

What a gorgeous and fabulously fun piece this is! She does indeed "sparkle" WONDERFUL!!!!
Is her hair naturally quilty?

moosestashquilting said...

What a wonderful eye to see Lucy come out of quilting stitches.
That's when you know you are on to something. Spectacular job!

Loreen Leedy said...

Very charming, nice work!

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