--- Design and complete a small work
using your interpretation
of the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky." The poem is included
at the bottom of this email and is also posted in the Yahoo group site
under Files section.
--- Texture can be achieved through many
different ways: the use of color, contrasting prints, different fabric
types and materials
or surface embellishments and fibers, the use of quilting itself to
add texture, the use of trapunto, pleating, scrunching and other fabric
Grasshoppers Beware (The Jabberwocky was on the Prowl)
22 x 19-3/4”
Cotton and other glittery fabric
The jabberwock was made in 3D and appliqued
onto the background. The
bird in the background and the grasshoppers were machine embroidered. I
was trying to convey the feeling of eeriness.
Del Mar, California
Jaws That Bite, Claws That Catch
Expanda paint for textured tree, painted with shiva paint sticks, metallic
fabrics and threads, organza and gold net.
Cynthia Ann Morgan
Has Thou Slain Thy Jabberwock?
15" x 15"
Fused applique using a variety
of fabrics and fabric manipulation for texture, including gold lame
for swords, hand pleated batik for a tree trunk and hand-dyed velvet
free motion stitched onto tyvek & melted
for some of the grass.
Elizabeth A. Dawson
Jaws and Claws
15 x 12.5”
Fabric, Razzle Dazzle thread, decorative
yarn, and sheer fabric overlay. Inspired
by the line "jaws and claws" in the poem "Jabberwocky"
16 x 18”
I used Shiva Paintstiks to add background
texture, Angelina fiber to add sparkle. I thread painted heavily
to add details and depth. Painted with acrylic paint to add details.
I wanted to give the sense of a
deep woods at night with slippery and sinister elements among beauty.
And hast thou sewn the Jabberwock?
11 1/2" x 9"
cotton prints, chenille yarn, silver lame fabric
The first thing I kept coming back to was triangles
and zigzags for the
shapes. It's not very abstract, as I found a piece of fabric that yelled
JABBERWOCK to me. I fused it to a very swirly background, added some
fabric with jagged lines, added a long silver sword, and then was stumped.
When I read THE REWRITE, it all came together. The sword became a needle,
and I added some fuzzy yarn as the thread, to add more texture.
Lisa A. Albanese
16" x 18"
upholstery fabric, quilting cottons, wood beads
Really the only thing that remotely made any sense to me after reading
the poem was "snicker snack" - chocolate fabric, caramel
pintucks, and peanut beads.
San Leandro, CA
Under the Tumtum Tree
16 x 13”
Pieced cotton and silk, paint, rickrack
I have contrasted the Tumtum tree with
the dark tulgey wood. I was going for a fairytale likeness when choosing
my colors. I was going to depict the Jabberwock with curvy bits of
a serpent like creature with prairie point scales partially visible
through the trees, but this wasn't possible with a small scale. I
used the prairie points to allude to the
Jabberwock, and decided rickrack would compliment them on a smaller
scale. I painted a piece of textured silk with transparent paint to
give it dimension, and pressed wrinkles into it. This made great looking
Brillig in the Wabe
Commercial fabrics, sundial photo on fabric
For the Jabberwocky challenge, I wanted to portray the feeling of 4
o'clock in the afternoon (brillig) and the soft natural lighting in
the wabe (which I interpreted as being the back yard).
commercial fabrics with felt batting and felt as
a hanging mechanism
This was the odd-shaped challenge, and I chose to make it totally 3-dimensional.
Commercial landscape prints, in an accordion fold, so that you get a different
view from the right side than from the left. Based on a piece in the Creative
It's just my imagination
11 x 15”
I used cotton batting, red "berries" from leftover Christmas
Holly, freshwater pearls, feathers, All fabric is
cotton, except the curtains over the star lit window, which are made
of Tulle. I made a mini green quilt and stuffed it using poly fluff,
it needed something, so I stuck a lock of my hair to hang out the
end of it.
This is how I thought I might react to reading the poem, while
at home alone, in bed, on a cold and windy night. I have a very
vivid imagination, that's why I don't read Steven King books or other
scary ones before or while in bed!
Under the Tumtum Tree
18" by 22"
I had found some delightful fabrics that were already embellished
and wanted to use them, so some of the tree trunk and some of the leaves
are a shiny embellished fabric, the rest of both is cotton. I
used modified and painted cellophane for most of the Jabberwock, some
painted bas relief wallpaper for his tail and teeth, and dyed fresh
water pearls for his nails.
9" X 9"
cotton and a yarn called Fancy Fur.
This image is an abstraction of the jester's mask and refers to the
playful use of
language in the poem.
Modern Day Jabberwocky
When we were little "Jabberwocky" was
sort of a code word for nonsense
or something that nobody paid any attention to or that didn't make
sense. It has become the same thing for my kids, and they have often
commented on the "Jabberwocky" titles and contents of spam
I used a printed commercial fabric for background, a printed Nigerian
scam letter and a bunch of graphics from spam emails. Weight loss,
money makers, credit card offers, and singles sites. All fused and
free-motion stitched, including some words. A bunch of different kinds
of letter beads to spell out "Jabberwocky", and lots of
computer keys. I intentionally used a thin fabric to print on
so the words from the background would shadow through.
Jabberwocky and the Lost Green Pigs
9" X 12”
batiks, Angelina, yarn, beads
I came up with a mental picture of a vicious tree with waving clawlike branches.
My tree was sliced in two places to show that it had been conquered by the
vorpal sword (that shiny angelina sliver) and was losing its lifeblood. The beads
represent the lost green pigs that were mentioned in one of the translations
of the poem.
Sally K. Field
Jubjub Bird in a TumTum Tree
19 3/4"w x 17 1/2"l
Made from cottons (some with touch of
copper or gold. Quilted with copper thread, black & copper thread,
and invisible thread. Two beads for the eye.
The poetry had its way with me and told me what to do. I love the sound
of nonsensical verse. The piece seemed to just flow together. I wish
the poetry could have helped me with the quilting---I thought I'd never
finish. There must be a mile or more of thread.
Tobi K. Hoffman
23 1/2" x 20"
Cotton prints, polyester, Angelina fiber
I chose the phrase "vorpal sword", which was the weapon
the hero used to slay the Jabberwock. The sword is made from
Angelina fiber, and when my husband asked what the colorful swirling
of dots around the blade was, my answer was the "vorpality" of
the sword, hence the name of this piece.
Valerie Paige Stiles
San Diego, CA
Who Shall Slay the King
18.5 inches x 21.5 inches
trapunto, fusing, machine applique, quilting and piecing, pillowcase-style
I chose purple and black as base colors because I think of the poem
as dark and as Medieval which I equate to kings, castles, and royalty.
The choice to depict a playing card comes partially from Alice in Wonderland
and partially as a means to draw a king. I have made my king the Jabberwock
himself. He carries a silver hatchet, (the blade is trapunto) to either
slay or be slain. Texture is incorporated by the use of glitter paint,
chenille rickrack and felt. Each section was glue-tacked to the black
background and then machine appliqued using numerous decorative stitches.
Even more stitches were added with green thread serving double duty
as decor and quilting.
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