Monday, November 15, 2010

Fiberactions - Transformation

tranfor 006 For the Fiberactions challenge word, “Transformation”, I decided I wanted to do something that’s been in my head for several years.  I wanted to make a quilt with Northern Lights, that actually lights up when plugged in.  I started with a regular 16 x 20 inch canvas, and painted the back side of it black, with streaks of pearlescent paints on top. I bought a 5 foot length of Elwire light, a thin flexible neon light, & stitched it on the the back side surface of the canvas, punching a hole through to push the plug through to the other side.  In the lower right hand corner you can see the transformer tucked in place. The dots are crystals glued on between the light. I had already made the quilt to go over this, & after experimenting with different layers of sheer fabrics to diffuse the light, I settled on a sheer silk chiffon, gathered & stapled in place over the lights. 
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I next stapled the quilt over the lights, then finished the back by hand sewing it in place. Below is the picture of the back pinned on ready for the hand sewing. To the right is how it looks in the dark, with the light inside on.
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15 comments:

Deb Levy said...

WOW Deb! Amazing! I love the effect and as usual your threadwork is wonderful.

Vicki W said...

Super cool!!!

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Oh, my goodness, beautiful. How do you think of these things. I love it!

jenclair said...

What a creative way to illustrate "transformation." Great idea that works beautifully!

Sue Bleiweiss said...

Very clever Deb!

Connie Rose said...

Very awesome, Deb!

Micki said...

Very cool piece, Deb.

Delighted Hands said...

Very cool! You have outdone yourself!

Vivika said...

That is really interesting... you must be an electrician as well as an artist! Lovely job, and the Northern Lights are such a wonderful phenomenon.

Steph said...

Wow that is really cool! You are very clever in thinking these things up.

mindy said...

can't wait to see this in person!

Melodie said...

I'm changing to "super-achiever"!! (I made a snowman that lights up!)

gpc said...

You are so creative! Lovely.

Finishing Lines by K.Sperino said...

This is great Deb!

Judy Alexander said...

Would love to see this in person. This is beautiful.