Art Every Day, Thursday, April 4, 2013
Here is today's new piece. I wanted to play with dimension and the juxtaposition of tight with messy. I began with a piece of orange dyed vintage layered on top of yellow dye painted batting. I tucked some red violet under the opening in the vintage cut work then added a rectangle of the same fabric on the lower left. Next came a rectangle of yellow dyed fabric with dimensional embroidered flowers (one of my favorite styles of our hand dyes). It was placed on top of some dyed silk chiffon and cheese cloth.
I stitched everything down with either some top stitching or tiny stippling then I clumped up a bunch of the threads that get pulled off of our fabrics during the dye process, these were mostly bright yellow and deep red violet with a little dull orange mixed in, then I stitched those down. Finally, I stitched around the yellow batting with a straight stitch.
I hung it on the wall to take a photo and was struck by how off balance it was. I do all of this daily work with it flat on the cutting table then flat on the machine, rarely taking the time to look at them on the design wall so I should not have been so surprised that the balance was so off. I had thought that by stitching around the large embroidered leaf in the upper center of the orange vintage fabric in the contrasting red violet color of thread would have been enough to take care of the heavy bottom of the quilt, but the bottom turned out to be much heavier than planned.
So, I grabbed some more of the red violet fabric, the dyed fabric threads and some cheese cloth and braided them all together and threw them along the top of the piece and viola! Balance. Not perfect, but definitely livable.