"Koi Being Coy - Again " ©2001
Art Quilt by Studio Artist Dottie Gantt


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"Koi Being Coy - Again" copyright 2001 -  Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Size 44" w X 50" h

Artist Comment/Statement: 

Living on a lake allows me ample time to enjoy watching fish playfully swim in the shallow water weeds. 

My shimmering Koi are very "coy" as they create ripples in their own special pond.

Detail View of "Koi Being Coy - Again" copyright 2001 -  Art Quilt by Dottie Gantt
Detail View


Pieced and quilted by machine.  All but one of the fish was fused on.  Each fish is heavily embellished with free-motion machine embroidery.    Other surface embellishments of ribbon, wool, rayon, and cotton threads were added by machine and hand couching, and completed with glass beading by hand.

When I finished putting the binding on, I thought I had this piece completed.  After a while, I realized that there were problems with the values (lights/darks) in the piece, and that the Koi were getting lost in the "water" background.  I went back to my design board and to my boxes of embellishments and threads, and started working on the piece.  After working "again" on this wall hanging, I am very satisfied.  I entered my Koi into several juried shows, and the Koi were swimming successfully!

There were several lessons were learned while working on this piece, but I think the most important one is - Give yourself permission to change your work even if you have already declared it completed.  The artist and their art are always "works in progress"!

If you would like to view the "Before-and-After" detail pictures of this wall hanging, please click on the link below.

For "Before and After" detailed views, please click here


Fabrics used were Japanese yukata cottons and other commercial cottons in shades of blue and indigo.  Rayon, metallic, cotton and monofilament/nylon threads were used for the free-motion embroidery, machine quilting and machine piecing.  Embellishments of wool yarn, ribbons, cotton threads were couched by hand and machine.  Glass beads were hand stitched.  Polyester batting was also used.

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