Thursday, 29 November 2012

Knotted Celtic Neckwear

So remember this sneak peek of my current project? 

Well here it is in all its glory - my contribution to the Ring your Neck Challenge organised by Rikka.




I have wanted to have a go at Celtic-style applique for a long time, so I am delighted to finally have used the technique. Beth Ann Williams' book Celtic Quilts has been on my bookshelf for years, so it wasn't difficult to know where to look when I finally decided that this was the technique that was going to be my challenge.

The background of the scarf is a purple dupion silk and I have backed it with some purple linen that I just happened to have bought on a recent linen shopping trip to Lithuania! The batiks for the applique were some of the first FQ's I ever bought, when I went to a patchwork and quilting evening class many years ago. It feels good to have finally done something with them.

Although the applique is far from perfect, I had trouble with remembering my "unders" and "overs" at times, I am so delighted with how this turned out that I will definitely be tackling some of the gorgeous cushions in the book in the not too-distant future.

This is the first of Rikka's challenges that I have taken part in and it really spurred me on to tackle something different so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her challenges in the future.

There are some fabulous scarves already posted but there are still a couple of days left until the entry deadline on November 30th, so if you were quick you could still enter :)


Linking up to Make it Wear it and Threading my Way



15 comments:

  1. Very pretty, the colours work really well together!

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  2. That's fab, think I need to stalk the others too!

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  3. That's really beautiful! It looks fiddly but fun to do.

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  4. Oh this is just stunning!! What a gorgeous gorgeous scarf! Beautiful applique!

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  5. Such a beautiful, intricate design the applique has created, Fiona, with the batiks being the perfect contrasting fabric for the purple!!! How on earth did you place all the applique pieces in the right position? A fabulous scarf!!!

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  6. Perfect idea for the challenge, and would have been most useful up here today as it lingered around -3 Brrrrrr

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  7. Oh Fiona, that looks like a tricky technique! The results are fabulous though. What a gorgeous piece of art to wear around one's neck! Consider your challenge met! Thanks for joining us!!
    Best,
    Rikka

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  8. Fiona, I love the scarf you've done to participate to the challenge, I like the contrast of the colors and the applique is perfect. I really like it. With me today you have a new follower, thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Fiona, your scarf is absolutely gorgeous. You can certainly wear it with pride, well done you.

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  10. Wow, fabulous! You smashed that technique

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  11. gorgeous! and how awesome that you bought some of the fabric in Lithuania!

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