Finishing my August Challenge Piece

Posted by on 5 September 2018 | 2 Comments
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This week I wanted to finish off my challenge piece. It's not much use if it is left sitting around unfinished so this week I'm making sure that doesn't happen. I've been thinking about what method to use. Although I have loved creating it, using the different elements (words) to work and especially working with the silk, I'm not sure the overall design is something I would hang on my wall. Knowing this, I've decided to look at different sections of it to perhaps chop up for a series of mini displays.

The easiest way to do this is to cut out a cardboard window and use my camera to take snapshots of various sections.

august challenge finish 1window frame

Here is a series of snapshots of different areas.

august challenge finish 2window frame

the whole leaf

august challenge finish 3window frame

august challenge finish 4window frame

august challenge finish 5window frame

Even the one with only a small bit of leaf looks great...

august challenge finish 6window frame

...unfortunately, some of these options overlap so I won't be able to use them all.

Using the frame, I marked in four outlines that included leaves.... can you see the white outlines?

august challenge finish 7windows marked

...and then cut them out.august challenge finish 8windows cutout

You can see I still have quite a bit left over which prompted me to cut out another couple that didn't include any part of a leaf. Now I have 6.

august challenge finish 9two extras

I could make a bunch of frames and hang them together or one big frame connected so the windows are in a row. One last idea, one I think I will go with is to make a bunch of coasters.

There are a number of ways I could finish off the edges. I could possibly bind them or simply stitch around them. I decided on the latter. Using an overlocking stitch on my sewing machine, I stitched entirely around the outside, then I used a straight stitch to stitch around again, basically connecting the dots of the 'bite' created from the first stitching.

august challenge finish 10edge stitched

It didn't take me long to get around all six!

august challenge finish 11 display

my six coasters

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  • Thanks Virginia! Something new for you to try perhaps?

    Posted by Ruth, 05/09/2018 8:30pm (4 years ago)

  • Hi Ruth, your coasters worked out nicely. Very interesting how you did that. Virginia

    Posted by Virginia, 05/09/2018 8:28pm (4 years ago)

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