Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Outdoorsy, Whimsical
Fabric, tulle, paint, Lutrador, decorative thread
What was your inspiration?
A friend took a photo of an American Toad and I was just captivated by the colors.
What are you most proud of?
I decided to use a pieced background to suggest a garden setting, but the original pieced fabric turned out to be too bright and the toad got lost. By laying a piece of dark teal tulle over the top, the colors were muted enough for the toad to stand out. This was the first time I had used Lutrador, a spun polyester product -- I printed out two photos of dragonflies and transferred them to the Lutrador using Transfer Artist Paper, then added some metallic paint to the wings -- when I stitched the dragonflies on the fabric, I left the wings loose. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up very well in the photo, but there is a definite 3-D feel created by the wings.