Red Oak Cross Section x5

Art quilt about Red Oak tree, micro to macroscopic



Oak trees have extremely strong structures, even among hardwood species. This allows their branches to grow very long horizontally.

A microscopic image of Red Oak cells in cross section, and low magnification, emphasized the tree’s growth rings.

The quilt started with a length of plain white cotton cloth. The background, leaves and acorns, were painted. The silhouette of the trunk and branches were drawn with fabric pastels. This cloth was centered over a larger batting and backing, creating an open border. I free-motion stitched the microscopic details, and then overpainted the ring cells in bright colors to emphasize the arcs. In the border, the rough bark is painted in acrylic to achieve a hard texture. There is no binding; instead, the edges were hand-cut to continue the bark pattern, and the raw edge of the cotton batting was also painted.

  • 41″ H x 27″ W
  • Cotton fabrics, cotton threads, paint
  • Machine quilted

Doughty Designs

Fiber art for the wall, decorative objects, and fiber art jewelry. Most pieces are made with my signature “thread sculpture” technique, because fiber art is unique!

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