Friday, September 17, 2010

First Design Attempt

Translating a free clipart pug to fabric has proved harder than I thought.  I figured I'd just trace the body,  the dark/light areas, put fusible backing on the fabric for a perfect fit.  Errr.  No.

Pugs have tons of wrinkles and their brown/black coloring around the eyes is hard to pull off with fabric without it looking"off"or making them even more fugly looking.  I recognize putting a 3D object into fabric isn't easy, but I wasn't planning on a few"wrinkles".  I want the pugs to look soft and inviting, not a fabric monstrosity of bulging eyes and funky wrinkles.

I also know I'm a perfectionist when it comes to things like this making myself doubt more.

I went digging through my stash and found the perfect body color and then realized I only had 1/3 of a yard.  I love Moda Marbles but they aren't found easily here.  I may have to order some.  There's another quilt store 40 miles away that has some beautiful creams that would work.  Anyone have a car?

First off when doing a project, dump your cat off the light table:
Next if you need a light table, get out your clear acrylic extension table and an Ott light:

Trace your picture with a permanent pen onto the stuff that you use for overhead projectors.  Impossible to find here, so in a pinch use the clear paper inserts:

Make sure you TURN over the traced picture so you don't get a reverse image when you trace it onto fusible webbing.

After multiple attempts at fabric choices and your OCD perfection issues, here's a basic layout that still needs far more work but you get the idea:

 The other problem I didn't even think about was that I bought some yardage with a gradual color change from cream to dark brown (It's perfect!) but didn't realize there were faint stripes down it.  You can see the lines in the picture.  Argghh!

I think I'm going to walk down to the other LQS and find several variegated brown batiks that might work. 

Another idea I thought of was to do a crayon quilt.  You use Crayola crayons to do the picture and shade in everything.  Then you press an iron over the picture to heat set the wax into the fabric.  I have 8 years of crayons stuffed into a drawer nearby.  It is permanent, but I think you have to wash the quilt by hand.


Vivian said...

Once again, don't know if you'll see this since I am posting awhile after the original...

Thinking of wrinkles instead of doing all of them in fabric, have you considered thread painting (or even marker painting if that works better) some of the wrinkle details in?