Making 3D Fantasy Fish
In 2009, I created three 3-D fabric fish for a show at the Craft Council of Newfoundland Labrador Gallery, called a Fine Lot of Fish. They were very successful, so I did three more different ones and sent them to the Invitational at 2009 Quilt Canada, Saskatoon, SK.
I recently decided to make more Pisci Fantasticus or Fantasy Fish.
I use batiks for these because their vibrant colours and designs work well for the fish. Selecting the fabric combinations takes time but is well worth it. I back the fabrics with Sulky Totally Stable stabilizer, which irons on just like freezer paper (but is not as stiff) and works well for free-motion stitching. I prefer to stitch all over the fabric as this adds texture and interest to the finished piece. The fins are in a contrasting colour.
When I designed these fish, I had to decide how they would be displayed. I like the hanging method, so I came up with the idea of stitching a tiny clear glass bead to the top of the fin. An invisible thread is threaded through the bead and tied in a loop for easy hanging. No sewing required if the thread breaks!