Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Inspiration - Fireworks!

If you're in the US, chances are you'll be watching fireworks this weekend!  I love them and have tried many times to recreate them with fibers - sometimes successfully, more often not.  It's tough to get down the movement.  These three quilting artists captured the feeling of fireworks in different ways.

Japanese artist Mitsue Yamada's Fireworks in Full Bloom - Summer in Japan is gorgeous!  I really like the horizontal lines along with the circular fireworks - lots of good interest and texture.  And a great way to show the fireworks' color reflecting on the water.

Judy Niemeyer designed this paper pieced quilt, 4th of July, using batik fabrics.  Some of my favorite quilts use batiks and they work perfectly here.  The pattern and kit are on her website here.

Linda Nelson Johnson used hand dyed fabrics over a great commercial print background for her representation of fireworks in Fourth of July.  The metallic thread stitching and buttons add nice texture and depth.

And if you have the materials on hand, you probably still have time to embroider these fireworks on something to wear tomorrow.  The pattern and instructions are found on Craftfoxes here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah


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