Fabric Face Collage #4

Making these fabric face collages is a learning process. I am trying out different techniques with each one. Last night, I sketched Fabric Face Collage #3…Mari Gloria. This is all trial and error for me, and it is a challenging learning process. These are a few of the steps in creating the face.


This time, I hand-stitched the multiple pieces that I had glued to the fabric to make the face. This helped tremendously when it came time to using FMQ. I am still trying to figure out how to improve the eyes and nose.


Mari Gloria
Former dancer in an international Flamenco group
Retired instructor and owner of a Ballet Folklorico dance school
Teaches the art of playing the castanets
Board member on the city cultural events committee
Makes a delicious paella
Hosts a monthly Margarita and Movie night
Favorite song: Amor de Mis Amores by Augustin Lara

Busy Day

It was a run around morning for me, but I was able to stop off at the Mesquite Bean to buy two yards of Steam-a-Seam that I need for a baby quilt. I also purchased some four different types of black and white fabric…just because. I also purchased an Olfa cutting mat and new rotary blades. JoAnn’s had a great sale, and I had coupons. It ended up costing half the price.
This afternoon, I managed to make the Crazy Anne block for the gypsy wife quilt. It is perfectly named, because those little triangles drove me crazy. Having the new rut-less cutting mat certainly improved the accuracy of my cutting.

This evening, I made another fabric face. I tried something new, in order to get more contour on the face. I drew the head on paper. Then I drew contour lines on the paper face…sort of like a mask. I then traced the head on fabric. Next, I cut the paper contour mask and traced and cut them from fabric. I drew eyes on a small white scrap and laid it between the face and contour mask. A strip of fabric was laid down for the nose.
I have been using a glue stick to hold things down, but I am thinking I need to use some Steam-a-Seam. The only problem with using the fusible is that I am using tiny scraps and pieces. I probably can back some larger fabric pieces  and cut from there. But it seems like a waste of fusible, which is expensive. For the lips, I machine stitched with orange thread. I messed up when I made the glasses, so I will just say that Felicity bought an unbecoming pair of glasses. 😉


Felicity
Master Naturalist
Volunteers at the botanical garden
Yoga instructor at the senior recreation center
Vegetarian
Keeps a poetry journal
Her favorite poet is Emily Dickinson

Takes classes in water color

Fabric Faces

I have been searching online and in libraries for tutorials on making fabric collages. There are quite a few out there for making landscape fabric collages, but I am having difficulty finding any tutorials on creating fabric face collages. I found one that covers cardboard in fabric to make a face collage, but I like the idea of making a quilt block instead of a card stock and multi-media product. Any suggestions of books or tutorials on fabric face collages would be appreciated.
In the meantime, I am sketching faces in an art sketch book, and trying to transfer the concept to fabric. This morning, I visualized and sketched one person. Then, I ended up making a collage of an entirely different person. I am having difficulty making the eyes and noses. I tried highlighting with fabric pencil, but that did not work out too well. Maybe tomorrow, I will try fabric paint.

This is the original sketch of what I was trying to do:

I ended up with an entirely different “person”.

Julietta
President of the Quilting Guild

Fabric Faces

When I attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston this past year, I was in awe of the masterpiece quilts of faces and people. The intricate facial features made from fabric, expressing emotion, just blew me away.
Lately, I have been playing with fabric scraps to make small quilt blocks. I use a fabric collage technique to make landscape scenes. Today, I decided to try to make a fabric face collage. I used the smallest of scraps to shape the face, hair, and shoulders. I used FMQ for the cheeks and facial features. Then I drew over the FMQ with fabric marker for the eyes and to outline the nose. The pink lips are from a super tiny piece that I cut from a pink and white selvage. The piece is embellished with pearl seeds. The block is a 4.5″ square.

This is such a great challenge for me.There is a long way to go and so much to learn. But, it sure is fun to try new things.

Old Lady Wearing Pearls and Too Much Pink Lipstick                                                                                     “This is NOT a selfie!”  😉