Art Every Day, Sunday, April 7, 2013
Here is today's new piece. I'm sort of ambivalent about it. Many years ago I tried doing a type of mosaics using wool and I've always loved the look but not the amount of work required, so here, I tried to achieve a mosaic like look but without doing an actual mosaic with all the little spaces in between the colored bits.
I'm pleased with the swirl but not very happy with the background or with the batting choice. One of my color students taught me something this weekend about thread color. She used a medium valued tone of one color to stitch down areas that were a variety of colors as well as black and white. I was surprised at how well the toned thread meshed with her quilt. So, that's what i did with the mosaic like swirl, I quilted it with a mid valued tone of red orange and I like how it looks. However, I do not like the background quilting. My machine has been acting up and the thread breaks constantly when I stitch a straight line longer than an inch or so, so I chose a stitch design that wouldn't break the thread constantly and viola.... too much activity in the negative space. Blue green is one of the colors that I don't have a lot of threadwise, so the thread was a little darker and was going to show up no matter what, but I think a more linear, simpler design would have been better. As for the red violet batting - well, that's all I had cut and was in too much of a hurry to go cut more. Wish it was orange.
Tomorrow's another day,