I had such a wonderful visit at the Visions Art Museum, and wanted to share a few more inspiring quilted and appliqued works of art with you.
Take a close look at this adorable quilt block, shown at right, featuring a paper doll and her wardrobe of pretty party dresses.
If you look closely, you will see that the artist embellished the block with hand embroidery using a metallic embroidery thread.
Small stars have been embroidered in the background area, and the dresses have been carefully embellished with stitching.
You could create a similar effect using DMC Light Effects threads using double cross stitches or small eyelets in the background, and assorted embroidery stitches in the clothing. The embroidery really adds a nice twinkle to the piece!
The unusual piece to the left features hand-dyed lace flowers embellished with embroidery and beads.
The final example shows a small, appliqued quilt accented with hand embroidery around the perimeter of the circle.
It’s a bit hard to see, but a multi-colored thread was used in this area, and picks up the assorted colors of the background fabric. DMC Color Variations Floss or Pearl Cotton could be used in a similar way.
Running stitch in solid colored embroidery floss has been used to highlight the pattern in the fabric near the center of the piece.
There are so many different ways we can use both common and unusual embroidery threads in hand embroidery and quilting projects.
Visiting an exhibit and seeing projects like the ones shown here can be so inspiring! Check with your local art museum, needlework or quilting guild to find out what’s going on – and on display – in your area.