Pineapple 2- Mixed Media – Completed

5-26-2011;©Mary Ritter -all rights reserved; Batiks, Threads, Hand/Machine Embroidery, Hand/ Machine Quilting

The completed concept of a pineapple that started with a sketch and developed into a water color piece is now a completed mixed media art work.  Before beginning the mixed media piece, I read an article about the fusing and handwork methods used by Laura Wasilowski of the “Chicago School of Fusing” in Quilting Arts Magazine (2010 December/2011January).  Having always wanted to try fusing, I decided to give it a try.  I especially liked how she fused the fabric first and then cut out the pieces.  She also has developed a way to transfer a pattern to fabric by using the release paper from the fusing.  It works wonderfully!  After being inspired by the article, I enthusiastically visited her web site and found a plethora of advice that ensures success.  She has videos and still photos that teach how to embroider and how to bind the quilt using fusing in a variety of ways.  She is truly an inspiration!

I used batik and other cotton fabrics; a variety of threads- variegated, quilting and embroidery; some small beads added to bring light to the pineapple surface; seta color paints to stencil the countertop; hand and machine embroidery; and hand and machine quilting.  I enjoy it all, so it is fun to put it all together into one piece.

And so now, it is on to a new project.

© 2010  All images and text are copyright of Mary A. Ritter (aka ‘M Unique) and may not be reproduced without express permission

About muniqueblog

Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create textile art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, North Carolina; Emerald Art Center, Springfield Oregon; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Spartanburg ArtIst Center, Spartanburg, GA; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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3 Responses to Pineapple 2- Mixed Media – Completed

  1. lyric says:

    Love the colors and patterns on you new work. Reminds me of lovely summer days ahead.


  2. Excellent!! Very nice piece! Like your new blog look too! Hope you have a great holiday weekend. hannah


  3. Andrea says:

    Wow! It hardly looks like the same project! Love seeing the process


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