Art Every Day, Wednesday, March 7, 2013
I made this piece last week before leaving on this trip and here in the hotel room in Baton Rouge it looks so different as a photograph. As you can see, I just wanted to quilt. I started with a warm, multi-colored fabric that I placed on top of a cool blue green, dye painted batting. Then I stitched it all in a darker blue green.
This piece really shows how thread effects the surface of fabric. As I said above, it's all stitched with the same thread, but depending on the stitch design and the build up of that thread, it looks different, not just stylization wise, but different depending upon how much thread is built up in one area. Notice how much more noticeable the areas stitched with the circles/lines and circle/sand dollars and paisleys are. These stitch designs require lots of over-stitching on the same line to form the design and as that thread builds up the stitch line becomes heavier and heavier and therefore more noticeable.
Now, I'm off to teach embellishment techniques to a group of southern ladies. I'm quite excited to get to play with a new group. Not that I don't love my home group, but I do like to shake it up a bit.