Posts Tagged ‘Mobius strip’

The Surface of Infinity, Wired

May 29, 2013

The most amazing thing happened to my Challenge Project – it told me it didn’t want beads. I’ve never had a project that refused beads before. Perhaps it was tired of being fussed over. First I had to wire its tail to make a Mobius strip.

Beading wire works well

Beading wire works well

 

I had considered satin stitching the edges in lieu of binding, but that didn’t seem enough when I finished the wiring, so I bound the quilt with a sheer ribbon.

Gauze ribbon is a great binding for small projects

Gauze ribbon is a great binding for small projects

 

 

The result was exactly what I wanted. You really can travel both sides of the loop without crossing the edges.

The finished project

The finished project

 

 

Since I was in the mood for handwork, I finished my cross-stitch kit. Well, I say finished but what I really mean is I adapted the pattern (because I can never quite count right) and kept adding embroidery and beads until it seemed like a good place to end.

Spider and bat button

Spider and bat button

 

I managed to get one more project off the pile, which was a pillow made from elephant fabric for my daughter.

Lani Longshore elephant pillow

It seems an appropriate comment on my life in the studio – never forgetting that my goal is to reduce the piles before they start creating their own gravity wells.

 

 

The Surface of Infinity, Quilted

May 22, 2013

Making progress on my own projects is such a rare event I had to rest after my last session in the sewing room. There are still piles everywhere, but I worked through a few issues with The Surface of Infinity – at least enough to get it quilted.

 

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The fabric I used for the border has a subtle print that begged to be stitched.

 

Lani Longshore The Surface of Infinity quilted detail

 

Other parts of the piece are whining for more attention, but I’m putting that off for the final embellishment. There will be beads, of course, but perhaps some hand-quilting, too.

 

The long tail is a Mobius strip, or will be once I wire the edge. At the moment it is merely a loop.

 

Lani Longshore The Surface of Infinity Mobius strip tail

 

Lucky for me, Holly Altman taught a class on making three-dimensional embellishments – including wiring edges for bendable leaves and vines – at Art Quilt Santa Fe. One more reason to keep taking classes, especially ones that don’t exactly match your current style – you never know when what you don’t know will be just what you need to know.