Saturday, April 03, 2010

Postcard from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

Orange Cup Corals
5”X 7”

My original plan didn’t work out so in order to save some of the work of the cup corals, I decided to make a snapshot view of them in a postcard format for my challenge. The orange cup corals are made with water soluble stabilizer and thread with glass blobs sewn into the center. I used Peltex™ instead of batting for a more rigid basis to accommodate the extra weight of the glass blobs. Label is in postcard format.

Comments are appreciated.


Jan said...

Lovely! I'm so glad your original plan didn't work out so you could do this improvised version. I like the way you did the thread work on the corals. What are the glass 'blobs'? Also, I've never heard of the water soluble fusible webbing. What brand, and if it's water soluble how do you git it to fuse?
Great little piece!

Cherie in Del Mar said...

Beautiful! I love everything about this little piece. Can you tell us about the glass blobs? Great effect!

Pam Harris said...'s water soluble stabilizer. The glass blobs are found in the floral section and come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are used in vases to hold flowers. I first used them years ago for stained glass work.

Betty Warner said...

I love this. Though it is a postcard, that looks like a lot of stitching. Interesting piece.

Inspiring work!

Julia in NZ said...

Very successful piece all round. The matt look of the stitched background sets off the highly textured corals. The floating 'tentacles' also give a lot of interest and movement. I like the postcard format as well. Great job!

Joni said...

Pam, this is so stunning! Even though it is small, it packs alot of punch! love the thread work! Well done.

LAQuilts said...

I love the glass beads or what every they are called I also like how the coral comes off the piece.

fndlmous said...

Delightful! This is art! I can't htink of a single thing that could be done differently.
Pat F in Winnipeg
AKA fndlmous

TextileTraveler said...

The coral pieces are really beautiful.

Kathy Angel Lee said...

Stunning piece - isn't it great how something so nice comes from something that didn't work at first? I like the effect of the background and falling off the edge of the postcard onto the black mat.

Betty Donahue said...

This is so cool. I love the colors and the tendrils flow out from the center

Betty Donahue said...

Just wanted to add that I loved this challenge. I had so much fun.