Hi, I'm Andrew Borloz, and I have been designing stencils for quite a number of years. I wrote a post here in this blog about the crazy quilt stencils back in September of 2017. I always look for new creative ways to use them in my work. As mentioned in that blog post, I explained how I was inspired to create a series of three different crazy quilt patterns. As shown below, the top two photos showed the basis for the designs.
stencil from a series of three Crazy Quilts stencils, and found a piece of chino (or khaki) fabric cut from my worn pants.
Crazy Quilts Crosses and Rounds.
The first section completed. I was pleased with the initial results, but I was still not sure what to do with the rest. I worked with one pattern at a time, hoping that I could use some colors or texture that would help tie all of them together and at the same time maintaining the uniqueness of each pattern. After completing the first section, I then moved on to the second pattern, and allow the design of the pattern to guide me.
In the second section, before I started embroidering I used yellow Posca marker to add color for each spoke. I then embroidered the yellow bread closure tab sequin with red thread using the French knot technique. I added the brown glass beads to the spokes, and used the light green punched felt rounds between sets of spokes.
All of the five sections completed. The next and last section is a bit more challenging than the others. After looking at what I have on hand, I decided that I would give it a touch of Southwestern by incorporating metal beads.
I strung up eight drop beads with metal wire, and twist them closed before securing it down with a large round turquoise bead in the center. I decided that I would put the felt rounds in each quarter to give a nice balance. I also embroidered a sunburst-like design with a yellow glass bead in the center.
Special thanks given to Jane LaFazio for allowing me to use her photo of her beautifully embroidered milagros in this post.