Monday, April 27, 2015

Land of Ice and Fog

I loved this challenge because it's something I'm always trying to do anyway.
I decided to combine sheer synthetic and cotton thread, using the thread as a resist as I melted the synthetic sheer with a heat gun.
 first I quilted a piece of Ultrasuede that I had printed in a crackle pattern.

then I painted it in a few areas to increase the contrast when I overlaid the sheer on top.

 the sheer was stitched separately with no backing, just the material and thread.

 there were several pieces of it- I laid it on the ultra suede and sewed just around the edges, so it's floating over the base.
then I cut off the edges with a heat tool
the dark areas in this detail are where the sheer has been burned away.

Land of Ice and Fog, 48x32"


  1. My goodness that looks amazing Betty! Thanks for the step by step, that really helped explain the end product but in no way detracts from the magic!

  2. Wow, this is beautiful! The crackled base and line work of your stitching really give the impression of an aerial map, at the same time it looks like it could be made of ice crystals. Really mesmerizing.

  3. Ooooh! I especially love the angular stitch pattern. very frosty. I want to touch it!

  4. Wow Betty! Your technique is amazing. It really looks like ice and fog!

  5. Fantastic, Betty! I look forward to seeing this in person. The technique is unique and really evokes ice. Thanks for the step-by-step. Ingenious.

  6. Betty, I really admire your experimental spirit of trying new things. It’s such a stunning and amazing work. I hope I will have a chance to see it in person.