Monday, September 05, 2016

Gelatin Plate Printing

Here's some late-evening gelatin plate printing with leaves just picked--ferns, wild geranium, wild rose--and some orange plastic fence material. I make my own gelatin plate with gelatin, glycerin and water and store it in the refrigerator, though I have read it is shelf-stable.  I leave it in the cookie sheet for easy portability.

I'm enjoying printing leaves for as long as they last, and then will have to move to inorganic objects--washers, keys, fence material, sequin waste, cheesecloth.  There are possibilities for all seasons...

Set up for gelatin plate printing, photo by Amy Mackinaw

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Heading North

This wallhanging/centerpiece is made of small triangles of commercial cotton, polyester batting and cotton backing, with the central motif placed on top of the triangles.

The entire quilt "sandwich" is covered with a layer of polyester organza, pinned and stitched with free machine quilting using rayon thread.  A few beads were individually hand-stitched in place. Then several layers, including the heaviest double-sided Pellon fusible interfacing, heavyweight interfacing to back the fusible, a waterproof nylon fabric (to make it table safe if used under a vase) and cotton duck backing were all bound together with machine stitched, custom-made bias tape.

Heading North, 22"x22", photo by Amy Mackinaw