I started quilting my self portrait (first attempt at portrait painting with Tsukineko inks in Patt Blairs class in Houston 2009) yesterday (Monday) and finished it today. I was thrilled with how it was turning out until I started quilting the background...It was a flesh colored fabric and I was using a Raspberry Aurifil 50 thread. It looked awful anywhere that I had to double back on my quilting. There were too many spots to take it out and I had already ripped stitches.
I decided to use the inks I used to paint the portrait. I mixed a whole bunch of colors on my journey to hide the stitches. I am not so happy with the results but I learned from it! I finished it today...quilting, facing, crystals! The border fabric is a hand dyed piece from Christine Fries, love it.
I very stupidly tried to add some more lash after it was quilted...I should have left them alone.
the facing came out nice and square...I cut the back piece 1/8" smaller than the front so it was nice and tight when I turned it.
I used two threads on the face both flesh toned. I am still not sure about my BSR for my Bernina, I think I need to bring it in for an update.
The coat was fun, it was really a quilted jacket. the hair was easy and fun to do.
I will attempt to paint faces again, I have a quilt planned but I will be careful how I quilt.