Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Beryl Taylor style wall hanging

I've been making a Beryl Taylor style wall hanging this week. I made some fabric paper using paper napkins/serviettes, I think it's the nicest I've ever made, probably because there is less contrast in the images and colours than using random papers.

I took an old cotton pillowcase, and cut it into 4 pieces. I mixed equal amounts of PVA (white) glue and water together in a pot, and used an old paintbrush to paint the glue mix onto the fabric. I laid cut up napkins on top, leaving gaps between the pieces., and painted with more glue mix. A top layer of white tissue with more glue mix finished the structure, and before the glue dried I added a wash of 3 colours of watered down acrylic paint. I left it to dry overnight, and this is the finished product.

I cut a piece about 7 inches by 11 to use for the wall hanging, and started to use some of the rest of the sheet to make embellishments. Here are a couple of small pieces sewn onto felt, trimmed, and with buttons and beads added.

This heart is made the same way - sewn onto felt, trimmed, then embroidered and beaded.

I sewed the background onto a piece of felt, then added some painted diamonds, ribbons and hand dyed lace. I stamped onto the diamonds with gold paint, and sewed around the edges to make them stand out from the background.

I added another ribbon, and sewed square sequins and beads onto it to break the colour up. I sewed some of my little beaded and buttoned embellishment pieces on, and thought about what to put in the big space!

When I'd made some more embellishments, including one made from Paper Perfect, and sewn them on along with some silk flowers, the quilt was almost finished, but the vertical stripe of turquoise ribbon was too strong, so I broke it up by applying moulding paste through a heart stencil at regular intervals down the ribbon. Once dry, I finished them with Treasure Gold rub on wax. To finish the hanging off, I sewed deep pink organza ribbon around the edges, and backed the fabric with some mount board. The finished hanging looks like this:

This quilt took about 20 hours to make, but I enjoyed making it, and hope the long standing swapping friend who receives it like it too.


  1. Looks fabulous. Well worth all the time you put into it.

  2. That is amazing. Really beautiful. And now I understand what the napkin swap was about.

  3. its gorgeous! I've had a play with fabric paper and love it, still working my way up to a Beryl Taylor Style quilt though!

  4. Absolutely fabulous, thank you for showing us step by step. As luck would have it I've taken Beryl Taylor's book out of the library today so coming across yourself working in this way as well is serendipity indeed! What napkin swap?? I'm hosting one over on Milliande ning site, want any more swaps??




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