and googling it I found an article she had written for Quilting Arts Magazine, on how to dye batting.
So way back then, 2009, I dyed some batt. I didn't rinse it out, that's why the colors are intense.
I came up with an idea and ran with it. I printed up a generic picture of a squirrel, and machine stitched it to the batt. I do it this way to transfer the pattern, instead of one of the many other ways.
|back, showing the machine stitches.|
I tore away the paper, carefully.
Then I back-stitched the squirrel in grey perle cotton, probably a size 5. Just on the batt, no BG fabric. Then I worked a seed stitch in size 12 perle cotton in a variegated 'fall' color, this time with the BG fabric. [remember, i am just winging this]
After stitching, I carefully pulled the extra batt away, fluffing the 'edges' a bit.
And here is the second design I worked on. I didn't actually 'complete' either of these, giving them to my daughter, and her BF, to finish as she would like.
I only stitched around the 'ground' of the elephant. Since they don't live in trees like squirrels do.