The "Art of cozy" project: Part 2


The art of cozy applique



I'm still working on the “Art of cozy” design which is essentially a mixed media project, combining stitching, fabric painting, and applique. If you missed it, you can read the first part and see me do the coloring stage.

Last time I left the project at the stage of choosing fabrics for applique. And I was even considering painting spare pieces of fabric with watercolors and then using it as an applique material. However, after mulling this idea for a while, I came to the conclusion that watercolors are likely to grow pale, and since my ground fabric is already quite pale and even the painted window is not as “white” as I would ideally prefer... I decided that having pale applique will not work for me in these particular circumstances.

The art of cozy applique

Instead, I dug into my stash of fabrics and chose the most fitting ones (at this stage I was still not sure about the cup).

The art of cozy applique

By the way, a little tip that you might find useful. If you don't have any fabric is solid color that you need, search for a patterned one. If the pattern is small and not too bright, it can actually work instead of the solid one. Or, maybe the objects in the pattern will be situated far enough from each other, that you can use that space in between. That's what I did for the vase piece!

The art of cozy applique

After that, I applied interlining to all my applique pieces. I intentionally cut the fabric pieces a bit bigger than necessary so that I can easily apply interfacing and then cut out a shape with all the angles and corners.

The art of cozy applique

Then I cut the shapes out of copy paper,...

The art of cozy applique

and cut them out of the fabric. You can see that I could use a smaller piece of fabric for this one. But in the end, that's still fine, because I actually almost never use my stash of fabrics. So, I don't really feel sorry. BUT if it's different for you, try to place the shapes closer to each other to save some material.

The art of cozy applique

Here's what it looked like with all the applique pieces cut out and placed on the ground fabric.

The art of cozy applique

When attaching an applique piece, you can use thread of a similar color and make it almost invisible by working tiny running stitches.

The art of cozy applique

I worked these tiny running stitches along the whole shape. And ah, I'm so grateful that I had a fitting skein of thread for each object! I wouldn't want to buy new thread just for this little experiment :D

The art of cozy applique

These tiny basting stitches are not all though. To make the objects stand out more, I used a darker thread of corresponding colors and outlined each one with adding extra details here and there: curtain folds, book pages, coffee. 

The art of cozy applique

The art of cozy applique

It worked for the book, vase and cup (the cup will probably still change a little!)...

The art of cozy applique

But didn't work that well with the curtain, haha. I suppose because it became a dark on dark situation. So I actually want to try using a lighter thread on the left curtain. If it looks better then I will rework this one :)

So, apart from finishing and fixing the current objects, I still have stitching left. Can't wait to start with it!

I don't have any certain plans for the embroidery part yet. I think I want the main flowers to be in the yellow-orange color, I want something warm and sunny in contrast with the moody colors I used for the applique. I wonder how it will look like!

I hope to show you the final result in the next post. Look forward to it! :)

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