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« February Take-It-Further | Main | A longarming first! »

February 28, 2008



I enlarged the photo to take a closer look and I love the texture. I like the whole thing, but I see what you mean about the light on the sand. Still, it's a great technique and I like the quilt (I wouldn't have thought of the light if you hadn't pointed it out!!).

tracey petersen

Your in-house critic is very harsh. I think that the beach is the perfect interpretaion of the colours and you executed it really well.

What size is the finsihed piece.
PS wish we got 'project runway' instead of 'kid nation' in australia!


Hey Vicki You are being way too hard on yourself, you have got the colour interpretation fine and the texture is sparkling. I love this technique and it has great movement. Great to see it finished, I enlarged yesterday's piece and it is scrumptious.

Sue B

I like this piece. I think the colors work really well, I wish I could feel the texture. I see what you mean about the light - I wonder if a little paint or rubbing with an oil stick might be a way to get that light source in there.


I really like this piece and think how it's made is pretty cool. I can see that you were trying to get a light feeling in the center of the piece. Why not highlight the water and sand in that area with something sparkly to imitate the sun sparkling off the water and sand? Jacquard makes a gold glitter finish paint that would be perfect - it dries clear and just leaves the glitter behind and you can apply it thin or thick or water it down. You could also stitch tiny seed beads on if you were really crazy like me. My inner magpie is definitely saying something sparkly. Feel free to ignore it, I often do for the sake of good taste; not everything needs something shiny on it!


I like it too. And I was going to suggest adding some painted highlights, as Sue did or perhaps some sparkly beads as Summerset also suggested.

Susan D

In certain lights sand does have a sparkle to it so perhaps what Sue suggests would work. Great minds think alike the colours reminded me of going on holiday to Scarborough when I was a child.


I think its really cool. Remember the little cottage "the drifting sands" and how it used to sway in the wind?


I like this piece especially the soft effect of the grid lines over the landscape. I think the colours are very effectively used. If you are asking.... I would like to see some in processes or in progress photos next time
but it is quite hard to stop midway and record what you are doing. It is a technique worth exploring. Thank you for showing such and interesting piece


My honest opinion Vicky? It's highly successful and I love it!


I really like this, and also would like to know more about the process. Did you cut it and reassemble?

I agree about the light, though it is pretty cool how you got it in the sky and the water!

Nice work as usual!


I agree with your other critics, I like it! I love the simplicity that still evokes the images and feelings I have attached to the beach (West Coast, though!)You must have an amazing yarn stash--


I think your piece is great! I want to try this technique, it does look fun and would broaden me into doing something a little more abstract.

As for Project Runway, I was sooo disappointed that Rami got the nod. He is very predictable. I would have preferred to see Chris! As for Christian, he is very talented. but that "fierceness" is wearing on me. Maybe because I have a real life 21 year old!

and I love Jillian! can't wait to see her entire collection.


All I can say is "Me, too" - I think it is a truly beautiful interpretation of the colours .


Maybe I'm not critical enough but I think it's stunning. I loved the photo of the diamond bits before it was assembled and I love the way you've finished it.


How can I add anything to what has been said already - this technique is very effective. Perhaps the problem with the light effect is that what happens on the sea is a reflection of what happens in the sky and this doesn't quite hold true in your piece. But I bet the oil sticks that someone suggested would make a huge difference!

Thanks for asking for honest comments, I must be brave and try that myself - then I'll see how broad my shoulders are.....

Ruth Lane

Vicki - I don't really have anything constructive to add that hasn't already been said. I like it.

Deb Fair

Vicki: I think it's a really nice piece. I agree with those that have suggested something sparkly to pick up the idea of light.
It looks like a fascinating technique, and I too would like to hear more about it.


Just a thought for highlights - what about fusing some of that cellophane type yarn - I have a very fine weaving yarn (its name is lost to me at the moment) that would probably work.


It sure looks like a big winner to me. It's wonderful.


I looks to me like the beach through a kaleidoscope (sp?). Maybe some pinkish reddish cracking the top of the water like a sunrise? Maybe that is not allowed based on the colors at the top.


It definitely has the feel of a deserted beach. However, the horizon line reads like a landscape rather than a seascape. This piece is most certainly worth taking further.


I love the look you got with both beachy-ness and the gorgeous diamond pattern over the top. Very nice work!


I like the piece and the technique you used. It's so easy to get caught up in would-a-could-a-should-a about the work but I think you rose to the challenge just fine.


I think it turned out very well. If you want the center to be a little lighter you could use a tranparent white fabric paint, mixed with little brown and lightly dab it where you want things lighter. You can use a dabber like they use in rubber stamping, or just use a damp cotton ball. I like the idea of cutting the embellished fabric and reassembling, I've always wanted to try Jan Krantz's diamond technique.

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