Green Woman #4 – She’s got eyes!

January 6, 2020 at 10:56 am | Posted in Fiber Art, Patchwork | 2 Comments

Last time I ended up with a face that had an important feature missing: the eyes.

GreenWoman - Pieced Face

I was going to fix that next. The plan was to reverse-appliqué some bits of white fabric into the eye-sockets, but first I had to deal with the irises. Initially I was thinking of hand-embroidering them, but then I decided to try playing around with free machine embroidery. It’s something I always wanted to explore more, and might use again in different parts of this quilt.

Here’s my first try:

Green Woman - sample for eye

I layered the white fabric with a bit of water-soluble embroidery stabilizer, which I also drew the pattern on. I choose a dark red and an even darker reddish-brown embroidery thread, which fits the original colours well. I was quite happy with the first try, but did manage to turn the design the wrong way round when adding the second colour. So two more eyes it was.

I’ve made a little slide show to show you the steps for putting one of the eyes in:

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And here she is, and I think I got her likeness pretty well:

Green Woman - Finished Face

That’s as far as I can take the face right now, onto the background next. There’s lots of hair to add!



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  1. Wow those eyes make all the difference! I can’t wait to see what you tackle on her next

  2. You captured it completely! She’s a little scary though!😆

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