Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gone Fishin'...



This project is the result of a class I took at Deborah's Quilt Basket shop in Venice, FL. The class was titled "Fabric Seascapes" and was taught by Debbie Jones, the originator of a fusible technique she calls "fabric decollage". It's kind of a combo of decoupage and collage, using images cut from fabric and adhered to a background. No stitching is required, as these are meant more for framing and display. However, Debbie has some examples that she has quilted if that's the direction a student wants to go. Most of our class chose to have their collages matted by Debbie's husband who is a professional framer.

The class was great fun, and Debbie is an extremely informative and organized teacher. She had abundant sealife motif and background fabrics at the ready. We cut and fused our way to making these vibrant seascapes. If you look closely at the detail photo above, you can see that she had some beautiful marbled silks she made available to use as shell fish on the ocean floor. And we used lots of glitzy fabrics and eye-lash yarn for sea grasses.


Our scissors skills really got a work out. And I learned a lot of new techniques, but foiling was one of the most fun. I was surprised to learn that not much foil gets used up with each application. The bubbles rising from the fish were made using foil and glue. Here's the foil sheet after they were completed. There's plenty left for more projects.





Of course I had to purchase some fish fabrics, because I'm sure there are going to be more projects!




3 comments:

Nancy said...

This is great one....love all the colors...

I did several of these years ago and had forgotten all about this technique...thanks for reminding me; I just might try it again.....

Robbie said...

Looks like you had a great class! Results are really nice!!!

arts4all said...

You live in a beautiful part of Florida! Lenna and I are practically neighbors farther south on the west coast. Glad you got down our way to the museums and St. Pete. I've always felt like I'd taken a real trip when I've visited there for a day.

Have not tried Debby's decollage. Susan Carlson does a similar technique, but with more dense coverage of the background fabric. I've posted a couple of things I've made. Really like your undersea composition and isn't it fun to have an excuse to buy new fabric!! ;-0 The foil on fabric is especially attractive.

Your blog is great! And the swaps with Lenna really are fun. Do you know about "Another Little Quilt Swap? There's a link to it on my blog. You might enjoy it.....