Time to share the 7th finished in my series of Block Printed & Stitched series of wholecloth art quilts layered with painted and block-printed Evolon, free-motion quilting, hand embroidery, and sequins.
Enjoy watching the transformation from painted evolon, through block printing, stitching, and finishing.
Most mandalas start by pulling out and auditioning a large assortment of threads and sequins. Inevitably more sequins and threads are always pulled out as the project progresses but these help me get started.
Here are just a few of the many sequin auditions. I do love adding bling to my mandalas!
Night after night, my mandala filled with stitched texture using an assortment of threads, sequins, and stitching: colonial knots, backstitching, and whipped backstitching.
After a week of making daily progress, I hit a wall on how to stitch the remaining outer rings and so I hit a pause on this project.
After a month-long break, I brought out the partially stitched mandala and gathered some new sequins and threads to play again. After a few auditions, new design possibilities presented themselves and I was back to stitching and embellishing.
Less than 24 hours after pulling it of its time-out, I even managed to trim and finish the edges.
It's always amazing how a little time off provides a fresh perspective! I always love seeing the before and after stitching photos!
I wish you could reach into your screen to touch all this incredible stitched texture!
And here is the finished block printed & stitched mandala...
I've got a few more block printed squares of evolon and I am brimming with more ideas for a new series of block printed and stitched designs! Stay tuned!