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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Zentangles With Aurifil

Last week on a visit to my sister's, my niece Christina showed me the grown-up colouring book she got for Christmas. The book is the artwork of the very talented Nova Scotian artist, Rachelle Richards, who sketches in a very Zentangle-ish manner. I was particularly taken with this owl, as the loops she had drawn in his feathers reminded me of clam shells;  I kept thinking, "I can quilt that!" So I did..using four different weights of Aurifil thread - 12 weight for the shape outlines, and 28, 40, and 50 weights for filler stitching.
As you can see, I didn't follow Rachelle's lines, as her drawing is much more detailed than I cared to stitch, but I kept the picture beside me as I worked and stitched the fillers free-hand.  What fun!
I contacted Rachelle for permission to show the above image, and she graciously agreed.  Her business operates under the clever name of RRRTWERK  (it took me a minute to get that; you have to use your pirate voice *-)  Rachelle has several adult colouring books available for purchase;  you can see more of her work on her Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/RRRtwerk 
Thanks, Rachelle, for allowing me to play with one of your designs.
The project is a great way to show off the effect of using different threads - bold to subtle.  Mrs Pugsley has invited me to bring the threads, and my machine, to her shop next Friday (February 5th), where I will be stitching up a storm (not literally, I hope!)  In the next post, I will show you what I will be stitching that day.
Now...hop on over to Rachelle's Facebook page for some inspiration!



3 comments:

  1. Wow, this looks awesome Karen! I admire Zentangles, but haven't actually tried doing it myself. Perhaps I'm scared of getting yet another addiction... haha
    With a little practice, I can see this would be lots of fun with the Bernina... hmmmm.....

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  2. Certainly looks like you really had fun with it! I'm another who hasn't gotten into Zentangles but can see they would be interesting to quilt.

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  3. I've been practicing different tangles for a few months now with paper and pen. They are great fun, and very relaxing. Zentangle quilting is another means of expressing yourself

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