Saturday, November 24, 2012

Extreme Needleturn, Part 3


Put on your helmets and buckle your seat belts for this is the extreme of extreme needleturn appliqué! These are the labyrinths in which I lose myself. As usual, the fabrics come from flea market clothing.

Improvisation V, 48x45”/122cmx114cm, May 2000, hand appliquéd (labyrinth), machine pieced and quilted.
This piece was worked from the bottom up and the needleturn took about three years. 
Nine colors entwine around a light source.
Stitching proceeded inch by inch because sometimes five colors come together. 
Revolution 2011: Order and Disorder (41.5"x46", 105cmx117cm) was shown here.
I carried around this labyrinth for about ten years, working on it periodically. Yet the colors made it agreeable to work on.


A garment serves as the canvas for a current project. This labyrinth is somewhat easier because there are fewer colors, four fabrics plus the circle fabric.


























I added a pocket from another shirt.














It occurs to me that this post contains a lot of labyrinths--I'm lost...

41 comments:

Debbie said...

Nadia, These just blow me away! I stand in awe of your diligence and amazing applique. I love the first improv piece....colors and all. you may be lost, but my head is spinning!!!

Bonnie Hull said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous...the red orange is my fave...like coral...xo

Anneliese said...

I am overwhelmed. Also because of your perseverance.
It is very beautiful what you achieved. And unbelievable that you did all this in needleturned technique. Absolutely great.

deanna7trees said...

these are amazing. you sure do have a lot of patience to stick with this type of applique. fabulous work.

Nancy said...

Amazing work! I'm speechless :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh my, I can only begin to imagine the patience it must have taken to do all this! Kudos to you.

Connie Rose said...

Seriously awesome. Can't even imagine how much work goes into each of these, and how many tiny stitches!

Carol said...

Wow!! What awesome work. The color combinations and all those tiny stitches just are outstanding.

Muddling Through said...

Nadia, you amaze me - your work is so intricately beautiful and perfect. I don't know how you do it!

Gurli said...

Fantastic. I just had to look up part 1 and 2 again. Wish I had that kind of patience.

susan christensen said...

Nadia, i am always amazed at the magic your fingers work with fabrics from used clothing. Masterful work! -sus

Béa said...

Un travail incroyable, quelle dexterité !

Julie Fukuda said...

oooh, and I am complaining about one-inch numbers? You just raised the bar quite a few notches!

Bouts Choisis said...

"This labyrinth is somewhat easier because there are fewer colors, four fabrics plus the circle fabric." If you say so, Nadia - looks pretty complex to me!! They are all stunning!
Lynne.

rtquilter said...

Unbelieveable, nadia- and so lovely too. Wish I had your persistence.I have lots but not THIS much! Well done you!

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

Beautiful Nadia. So much work. Oops. Don't you hate it when people say that? Like it is all about how much time it took....I love the new one especially.

meta said...

Wow! You're amazing!

Sarah said...

Oh Nadia! Extreme needleturn is putting it mildly!!! I'm really blown away by Imrov. V especially, it's just incredible.

Karen Christensen said...

SO Wonderful!! Your sense of color and design are amazing. The work, Heavens!! Thank you for sharing this. Beautiful!!

O'Quilts said...

wow wow wow...prize winning stuff!!

Merilyn said...

Incredible work there Nadia!!! The hours in these pieces.......just amazing!!!!!

Edith Bieri-Hanselmann said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with your needle turning applique and all that work! Increadible.
Edith

Rachaeldaisy said...

Such beautiful intricate work, and such wonderful images.

norma said...

Such tenacity and talent, they take my breath away. I think you need to write a book. I've never seen anything like these before, except for your previous ones.

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm doing more than putting helmet on for this. I'm taking off my hat for you! You are one amazing needle turner. Thanks for sharing it - Hugs Nat

nandas said...

wow... its been so long since i have allowed myself to look at blogs... i am head over heals happy about your work nadia. the color interweaving fascinates me. do you have a plan ahead of time or are you working spontaneously? bravo!!!!

shirley said...

OOOOOHhhh my goodness...what an amazing piece of work. You must have sat day and night for those three years to get this finished. It is stunning.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Thank you, one and all for such encouraging comments. In answer to Nandas, I only have a vague idea of direction, when I lay down my fabrics. Other than that I cut as I go and figure it out as I go. Generally, I'm curious to see what kind of interesting shapes I can get. I can work several hours on a labyrinth, but not more. I hate for it to get tedious. best, nadia

jude said...

your needle has wings

Jacky said...

Nadia .... I can see your love of stitch. these labyrinths are amazing. I love all the interlacing, your use of colours. Very inspirational (and I imagine quite meditative to sit and stitch your labyrinths).

Thanks for sharing your process.

Jacky xox

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

oh, Yes. just look...tracing
with the eye........

khadijateri said...

Wow! Really amazing and so much time and effort. Lovely stuff, love the colors.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Don't know whether to say "wow" or "amazing" - actually need a more powerful word than either to match the awesomeness of these.

Nellie's Needles said...

WOW!!! The stitching may be laborious, but I can see how much fun working the design lines and colors would be. Well worth every moment of your time!

Karen Bates said...

These are just over the top gorgeous...I can't even imagine all the work you have put into these! Amazing.

Sandy said...

Truly amazing! I appliqued two intertwined pieces, but your work is way beyond anything I could even imagine doing. Gorgeous!

Linda A. Miller said...

Amazing and wonderous work, Nadia! I can see how you get lost in it...I am drawn in by just looking at it.

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Caroline Heinrichs said...

OMG, and I thought I had extreme moments. Unbelievable and so beautiful, I can feel the ocean water on my skin.
Absolutely lovely work girl!
Carli

roccagal said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
there really are no words!

roccagal said...

maybe AWESTRUCK!