Thursday, December 27, 2018

Library Llama tote with Island Batik....

Here we are...the last Island Batik assignment for 2018!! Whimsical and Wonky is the theme.
My brain being the Squirrel that it is---had another project in mind--and even half started--I still really like it so will finish it sometime.....

.....but then this adorable Llama just spoke to me with his whimsical attitude and challenged me to some play time!!!
Earlier this month I joined an online club offered by Jaculynne Steves called The Art of Home Club.
Once a month she provides a collection of line drawings to either embroider or possibly applique, along with ideas for quilts, totes or various other items to use the drawings with. Llama is from the Hipster Animals collection.

After tracing the design onto the Basic white batik with a Micron pen, I applied a tear away stabilizer to the fabric back. Put the #23 embroidery foot on my Bernina. Threaded the machine with black Aurifil. Lowered the feed dogs......

......and started to free motion thread sketch, following the black traced lines as best I could. I was going for a doodly whimsical look.

Then it was time for some fun. Coloring!!! Playing with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils is something I don't do enough of!!! The color will always look different after liquid is applied, so I made a little chart with actual colored samples to help in choosing the right pencil!!!

Look at the vibrant color that appears after the textile medium is applied!!! The nice tight weave of this batik makes this process so smooth and easy!!

Next, I used 4--10" sqaures from the Spirit Rythm by Bella Nonna stack leftover from THIS bucket bag project.
The sqaures were cut in half, then randomly sliced up and sewed back together again to form the border strips.
Partial piecing was needed to make the borders spin around the center block.

By now it is evening, and I am thinking it is time to be finished in the studio for the day. I find this 12 weight Aurifil hand quilting thread in just the right color!! Off to my chair for an evening of slow stitching!!!

What great definition this thread gives the front and back pieces. Along with the Theramore batting from Hobbs!!!

The corners were boxed. Then my camera batteries died!!!

And the Llama Library tote is finished!!!

My grandson just loves the Llama Mama book series, so I am thinking this might become his library tote!! Doesn't this face just make you smile?!?!

Thank you to Island Batik, Hobbs and Aurifil for supplies to create this tote!!


Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

I love Inktense and I adore your llama! This is fantastic and now I'm feeling all inspired to get my Inktense out too! Have a very happy New Year. :)

Sally said...

LOVE THE COLORS that Inktense pencils provide. Super cute!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

How adorable! I love the Inktense pencils too!

Vicki in MN said...

I have never used Inktense, sounds fun! Are they permanent as in washable? Have a recommendation on where to get for the best price?

teachpany said...

So cute! I love that you actually colored it.

Go-Go Kim said...

I am smitten with this adorable Llama!

Claudia Kumpe said...

You did a beautiful job! I love it! You also introduced me to some new art tools! Water color pencils for fabric??? Awesome! �� I gotta get these!

Emily said...

This is so ridiculously awesome!!!! Such a cute llama! And I love the idea of it being a library bag. I have not heard of these pencils--such a great idea, I will look into those. Congratulations on an adorable, creative project!