The Evolution of Glory

December 4, 2010
Yesterday I talked about the things that sparked the idea for Glory, a work that is currently on display at the Herbert C. Young Community Center in Cary, NC.
Sometimes it’s a visual stimulation that sparks an idea – like walking ankle deep through colorful leaves. Sometimes it’s a technique I want to play with – like digital printing on fabric. Sometimes its’ a deadline – most often – it’s a deadline. This time it was the convergence of all three.
Step one – pick up a handful of irresistibly glorious fall leaves every morning. Scan them at a very high resolution (600dpi).
Step two – Cut my Fabrisign2 Cotton Sateen into the sized sheets I want. Realize that while 13″ leaves are amazingly cool – the canvases I’ve prepared for them are only 12″.
Step 3 – Play around in photoshop and smoosh in as many colorful leaves per piece of fabric as I can. Print out tests of each printer setting to figure out how to get the best color on the fabric. Print leaves. Go OOOH!
Step 4- Fuse leaves to timtex – or whatever super heavy stabilizer I happen to have on hand.
Step 5- Free motion quilt the veins of each leaf. Straight stitch around the edge, cut it out, then free motion zig-zag around the edges.
Step 6- 10 year old computerized machine finally fries the board. Go on Ebay and buy a Bernina 930 in frustration. I’ve wanted one for years anyway right? No computer. Workhorse! I’ll be passing it on my my kids. Give up sewing for the night.
Step 7- Borrow a friend’s machine, finish the edges. Use matt gel medium to glue each leaf to the painted canvas. Paint over the whole thing with gloss gel medium. I think I like the shine and it gives the leaves a bit more richness and depth but the stitching is still a wonderful element.


THIS one is my favorite. I love the decay.
Which one is your favorite?
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    Joanna Price
    February 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Exquisite! I really like the first one — the leaf looks like leather! But I LOVE the "decay" one for its wabi sabi nature and its gorgeous colors.

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    December 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

    If you can make it, dome on the 11th at 10:30 am for a gallery walk with me – then a potluck lunch at my place!

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    Jeanne Turner McBrayer
    December 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    They are all so pretty. I like the backgrounds as much as the leaves. Might have to drive out to Cary to visit them!

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    December 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    OHMYGOD are these ever GORGEOUS!!! I love the stitching and gel medium together, and the composition is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

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    Barbara Harms
    December 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    What an amazing idea, it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process. I'm inspired!

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    Tracie Lyn Huskamp
    December 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    WHOOAAAA… Lyric… I LOVE THIS IDEA… Ok.. I going to go dig in my box of press leave RIGHT NOW. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    December 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Yum. Yum. Yummy Yum! Yum!!

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    December 5, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Judy – I had a Bernina 180 that I was using – that died.
    I drop the feed dogs, use a free motion foot, and set the stitch width to whatever I prefer. Then I can go backwards or forward at whatever speed I wish to cover the edges. There are places that I change the thread color and go back over the stitching of another color to blend them a bit.

    The "new" Bernina 980 looks a bit beat up and well used – but it hums along like a good old work horse. No computerized parts. The thing weighs about a ton. I'm happy. Still haven't heard back yet about whether or not the 180 is reparable.

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    Judy Warner
    December 5, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Hi Lyric
    I am curious if you did the freemotion zig-zag around the edges of the leaves with a Bernina? And, about what settings you used.
    Love the color of your leaves! Thanks for all the detail on your method.

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    December 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Way cool! Thanks for sharing this technique which inspires me to give it a try. Sometimes wish my board would fry so I could go for a Bernina. You will have to let us know your experience with it.

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    Linda M
    December 4, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I also love the last one, but the others are pretty spectacular also.

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    Sue Bleiweiss
    December 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    The textures on these are fantastic. Love that last one – gorgeous.

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