Thursday, November 19, 2009

Water Lilly: From photo to fiber

Just finished this piece that I start last week. I am working through digital photos that I have taken. This photo was taken on a northern lake in NH, this past summer. I am always intrigued with the beauty of water lillies.

I don't know if I have done too much quilting on the lily pads? I started with white cotton and painted the fabric. I trapuntoed the pads and the lilly. The water is three layers, hopefully to give it depth and shine. Feedback is welcome, not just positve feedback. Tell me what you don't like, please.


  1. The water is great, and the lily is fine, and the left leaf is good. I think the green leaves shouldn't have been quilted in concentric circles, but in radiating lines like the gold leaf. The leaf with the wavy edges is more successful than the regular ones.

    Will you do another, or move on to a new project?

  2. I like it a lot. I think Julia in NZ is right about the concentric circles.

    The water is wonderful!


  3. Thanks so much for the feedback! That's what I'm looking for. I don't know if I'll do another one or move on? I have so many digital photos that I'd like to do. I really appreciate your reactions. Judy

  4. I really like what you've done with the water. It has a nice glisten in the photo but still appears to have some of the murkiness that I see where lilies grow.
    Each of your components look very good but I wonder if the lily is a little small in comparison to the others. When I look at the original photo in your previous post, the lily is more prominent. Here the water and the leaves appear more prominent to me. Not sure if that was your intent or not.

  5. Thanks, Helen Anne. I aggree with you. I wish I had done the lily larger. I may just have to do a second in this series! Thanks for the feedback.