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The next step for either technique is to quilt the piece through batting and a backing fabric using free-motion machine stitching (“thread stokes”) and hand stitching as needed. At this point I can add embellishments as the work requires including embroidery, beading, shrink plastic and whatever else I think the piece needs. Once the front is finished, I prepare the back of the work with pocket sleeves on all sides. These pockets are designed to hold a hidden frame on the back of the piece that stretches the piece so the work can be displayed to its best effect without the distraction of a visible frame or hanging loose. After the sleeves are done I add biding to seal off the edges. My method of framing allows the pocket frame to be taken apart so the piece and the fame can be rolled up for shipping or storage.
I start with a line drawing based on sketches or photos. That image is then drawn onto a printing screen using a mixture of MX dyes and sodium alginate as a resist. Once the screen is dry, it becomes a stencil through which thickened fiber reactive textile dyes are squeegeed through the screen onto a piece of fabric. This produces the image on the fabric. Subsequent prints can be made with the screen, however the drawn line image degrades with each print, and I seldom make more than three prints from each screen.
At this point the image on the cloth is the basis for additional surface design techniques. I use textile paints, crayons, makers and pencils to add additional color to the base print. I then can add photo transfers, additional fabric or surface design techniques directly on the piece as I see fit. (See Finishing below.)
After a line drawing is done, I break up the drawing into sections that will become individual pieces of canvas. With colored pencils I color in a copy of the drawing to make a color map. I prepare the material that is use for the mosaic by painting prepared canvases with acrylic paints. I then add more layers of color with surface design techniques (this includes but is not limited to, stenciling, stamping, adding fibers, paper and more painting). Using my color map, I then cut each individual piece of canvas and lay out the pieces onto a backing, holding everything together with small pieces of tape.