Embellish Block One

General Instructions for Embellishment

Do all embellishment after fusing bottle shapes, but before basting. Think about the order in which you apply the embellishments. Paint first, then markers, then dimensional embellishments like stitching or beading.

Be mindful of the fact that you will be quilting these blocks, so think about where you want to place your embellishments. Beads, buttons, brads and embroidery may catch on your sewing machine foot, so leave enough space around embellishments for appropriate quilting.

All the embellishments mentioned are only suggestions! They are all optional. You may choose to use completely different embellishments. This is YOUR quilt! Have fun and make it your own!

For the offset neck bottle, I used fabric markers initially to draw the structure lines on the bottle. ¬†My marker of choice is Tsukineko Fabrico Markers. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for heat-setting if needed.

On the flask, I shaded the left side with Derwent Inktense pencils and sticks.  These are inks that can be applied dry or wet. Really fun to experiment with!

blend ink sticks with a wet paintbrush

blend ink sticks with a wet paintbrush

after paint and markers, before cross-stitch

after paint and markers, before cross-stitch

I found that I had to apply the ink sticks a lot darker than I expected. They seem to dry quite a bit lighter. You can always apply the ink in layers, darkening it as needed.

Cross-stitch-use 2-4 strands of embroidery floss, depending on how heavy you want your Xs to be. Sew all the diagonals one direction in a line, then go back the other direction, finishing the Xs.


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