This past weekend, my local guild, Illini Country Stitchers, was host to Ellen Anne Eddy, author of Thread Magic and Thread Magic Garden. I had previously blogged about these two books. I have been anxiously awaiting to meet her in person and to learn more about working with threads!
Friday was broken up into two half-day workshops. Friday morning was "Gilding the Lily". Here we took a large print fabric, and augmented it with thread! It was hard to pick a fabric...and even harder to stop thread painting! I got carried away and did a lot more than was really needed! But it was totally fun!
Friday afternoon was a class on bobbin work! It was so fun to work with those heavier threads that can't go through the needle. I used some of Ellen's hand-dyed perle cotton for the leaves, and Razzle Dazzle by Superior for the flowers. We also learned that Sliver, and other metallic/mylar threads, are best used through the bobbin!
Saturday was Thread Magic, and for me, it was pulling it all together from the previous days. I decided my quilt was going to be a bunny hiding amongst the hosta leaves, with a canopy of coneflowers. Using a pattern that Ellen had brought, and some brown variegated Sashiko thread, I bobbin work made this bunny. The variegated thread made easy work, without having to do any shading.
Of course, a garden is going to have insects, and mine has a dragonfly! I used lime green Sliver in my bobbin to make those cool eyes! Angelina is on the wings to give it some shimmer!
And here is the finished product! I had lots of fun thinking this project through. I used Texture Magic to give dimension to my large hosta leaves. And I used her corded buttonhole binding technique!