Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Rangitoto PEX - February 2009

Rangitoto is a 7" x 5" quilty card, made for a swap.
The front shows Rangitoto Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. Auckland's Maori name is Tamaki Makaurau, also known as the "City of Sails". Rangitoto is a near-perfect circular volcanic cone, which last erupted around 600 years ago. The volcano is dormant, not extinct.
I used commercial batiks for Rangi, cut and fused to the background. The sky and grass are from skydye type fabrics, chosen for their colour changes. The sea has a sprinkling of Crystal Aurora Angelina fibre on it, to show the sparkling waters. The rocks and flax plants were fussy cut from commercial prints. Free motion stitching was used to highlight the landscape, sky and the flax plants. A piece of heavy-grade non-woven interfacing was used to strengthen the piece.
The legend on the rear of the card was printed on 120g copier paper, then blanket-stitched to the front fabric. Three fibres in maroon hues were used around the outside edge.

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