When I began quilting in the early 1970s, I was immediately attracted to patterns depicting stained glass windows. I purchased a pattern, followed all instructions and produced an unreasonable facsimile of a stained glass window. I used solid colored cottons to depict the “glass” and, as recommended, black bias tape which was supposed to mimic the leading. NOT! Later in my quilting life, I was introduced to the wonders of batiks. The mottled colors were much more “glass-like” than the solids I had previously used in my stained glass wall hanging. Maybe I could try again. But, something still wasn’t right. It was that black bias tape.
At my urging, my husband had begun making REAL stained glass windows for our new home. After looking carefully at his finished product, I decided to try to mimic his work in fabric, using grey satin stitch, instead of bias tape, as “leading” along with batiks for the “glass.” I was on to something! Though very time-consuming, my “windows” were much more realistic than my previous attempts.
Never satisfied, I wanted to add luminescence to my next window. Scanning the aisles of my local JoAnn’s with coupon in hand, I came across a very sheer, pebble textured, iridescent fabric suitable for prom dresses. Would this do the trick? I used the newly acquired sheer fabric over a solid cotton, then appliqued the window pieces on top of it. When placed near a light source…instant luminescence! My window glowed! I could imagine the sun streaming through it. Through trial and error, my vision had been achieved. Entwined was a success. I had made a stained glass window in fabric. Hooray for the power of persistence!