Saturday, June 26, 2021

Two More Single Block Found Object Mandalas

(Above:  Mandala LXXI. Framed:  14 3/4" x 14 3/4".  Found objects hand-stitched to a single block of a vintage quilt. Found objects include:  A gold disc from a trophy; a silver disc from some unknown object; hot hair curler clips; New Castle Brown Ale beer bottle caps; garter hooks; screw eyes; white plastic rings; red and yellow plastic cowboy and Indian toys; and buttons. $200 plus SC sales tax. Click on either image to enlarge.)

These small mandalas are so much fun to stitch.  There's the fun of selecting found objects, the joy of hand stitching, and the excitement to finish ... all within about 48 hours.  I'm very pleased to be using floater frames and stretcher bars that I already had ... which also speeds up the entire process.  Best of all, the old quilt is getting a new life.  This quilt really wasn't very attractive, wasn't pieced with any precision, wasn't square in any direction, but was stained! As I've been working with it, I've also learned that the batting was actually a worse looking and extremely worn, older quilt.  The fact of the matter is, cutting it up was an improvement!

(Above:  Mandala LXXII. 14 3/4" x 14 3/4".  Found objects hand-stitched to a single block of a vintage quilt.  Found objects include:  A pair of rooster shaped scissors; a galvanized circle (unknown function); gold faux-coin dangle charms; garter hooks; keys; corn cob holders; dismantled duck shower curtain hooks. $200 plus SC Sales tax.) 

I also had to figure out how to use the duck shower curtains found at a local thrift shop.  They wouldn't lay flat.  I removed the hook from the duck, drilled holes in the ducks, and stitched eight of the hooks and four of the ducks onto this mandala.  Like the quilt, I think the ducks are much improved! LOL!

1 comment:

Catherine - Mixed Media Artist said...

just love the variety of oddments that you either use as-is or rejig to be used