Although the actual boutis piece is only the small 5" x 5" square in the center of the rose window, it was the springboard for a larger "cathedral tower" wall hanging and was central to it's development. The piece combines 2 of my favourite stitching techniques; needlework by hand and free motion quilting with machine.
Tip to base, the finished hanging measures 31" x 16". Held up against the light, the boutis is illuminated from the back and becomes the focal point of the piece.
The wall hanging consists of 3 sections.
The rose window, (on the white batiste), takes center stage with the boutis it's main focus and the FMQ providing the frame.
|Front of the work, highlighting the boutis square.|
|Back of the work|
The complete rose window has been hand appliqued into a light grey fabric, representative of the carved stone often surrounding a cathedral window.
|Details of the roof line as well as the surrounding stone tower.|
Machine quilting on a darker grey cotton creates the roof line as well as the surrounding stone work. (see above)
Straight line FMQ (see my previous post) has partitioned the lower part of the tower into three smaller towers. (below)
|Close up of the lower part of the wall hanging|
I quite enjoy combining different techniques, such as hand stitched boutis and FMQ, in the same project and I know there will be more like this project in my future.