Fish Out of Water

When I posted here several months ago I mentioned that I was working on a piece that needed some hand embroidery to be added.  This was a fun project – something different and incorporating several different techniques.

Here is a photo of  my Fish Out Of Water

And here is an overview of how I made him.

I collaged several fabrics onto a mottled yellow background.  I made a stencil from a fish drawing and when I cut it out I was careful to keep the remaining stencil material intact so that I could use it too.
Then I painted the fish image onto the quilt using the stencil and acrylic paint.  When it was dry I thought that more contrast was needed around the fish so I used the “fish” part of the stencil and painted around the outline.

I outlined the collage pieces with perle cotton and added embroidery to the fish.  Then I added some beads and a button eye to accent the fish.

Outline Stitching and Button Eye

Beaded Tail

Finally I stitched and beaded a spray of coral.

Beaded Spray of Coral

I used a pillowcase type of backing and accented the edges with a perle cotton running stitch.

12 thoughts on “Fish Out of Water

  1. Great title for the piece.

    P.S. Guila, something’s going on with the link from your poetry blog to your art quilt blog. Somehow the “.com” is missing from link so it doesn’t go through.

  2. Very nice. Love the blend of traditional and contemporary. Of course the colors and design are lovely.

    • Mar – thanks for leaving a comment – this was fun to do. The only machine work was putting the backing fabric on. It’s always nice to have something fun to work on that you can do anywhere.

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