Monday, March 28, 2011

Snail Trail

I participated in a workshop with Barbara Olson, Billings MT, on sewing spirals using circular graph paper. I wanted to expand upon this concept with a nature theme I've been using as a series for about a year now. So the idea of the spiral shell of a snail inspired me to create this piece using several snail photographs as references and designing the spiral on circular graph paper. The fabric for the shell was first strip-pieced and then cut into wedge-shaped pieces and sewn. The solid spiral is appliqued down to the strip-pieced spiral. The background "grasses" are various fabrics, some covered with sheers and scrunched before being quilted. The shadow under the snail was created with paint and then overlaid with black tulle.

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