Color. I sure need a bit of that after 6 straight gray rainy days. And today...again the same.
I've begun stitching over the patchwork studies that sit here from previous "considerings". Good for further trials. I have worked up this style of stitch for a while now but now my focus has shifted to how it might transform quilting into a layer (one thing over another is my favorite kind of alignment) in new ways. The closeness of the stitches form more deliberate solid areas in contrast with what is showing through. Giving each (the background and the stitch) more of an identity. Allowing the character of each to develop focus. Making the relationship more visible. With regular quilting, the stitch seems to run though everything and become somewhat more of a diffusing element in a composition. Melting it all together. Sometimes even confusing it all. This moves away from that and has tremendous possibility to transform the visual effect of a patchwork base. Don't you think?
This is an old color study, from Whispering Color, one of the free classes listed in the side bar and at Feel Free.
I took a few stitches and then thought I needed a field as a beginning. A circle maybe, to compare the quilted and not quilted.
In this case, a see through template worked well, helping me position the field for stitch.
I am using a lot of thread ends from the basket, the thread nest, pulling all the warmest reddish shades randomly. I am just after a color field here. And of course, as always, using what's on hand.
Here you can see I am building the stitch up in sections. This keeps the cloth from puckering too much(not using a hoop) and helps me change the direction of the bars. I go back and connect the sections by shifting the stitches and make them lean into one another.
This is a Kantha style stitch. You can google that. Kantha is often described as embroidery (decorative. expressive). And sometimes as quilting (functional). I think I am most taken by the instances of the in between, that is when it is both. How it can be that. I will certainly be talking about that more.
It rained and rained and rained. Still raining. Still cold.
Cold enough to dull a mood. But not cold enough to stop the flow.
Yesterday, again too gloomy for video, I stacked some running stitch (walking stitch actually) on one of the dyed patchwork corner experiments I talked about here. A sort of double flow on this one. In sympathy with the day. It's a slow process. It took all day. And that was OK. The day was so liquid I lost track of time.
I worked the stitch in sections, changing direction. Filling in one color section that moved through the patchwork. And then connected the areas by filling in rows. You can shift the stitch as you go, to make gradual curves, bridge rows, or just be free and less even. It finds its own flow. It shows you how it might go. Don't you love how it has softened the grid? Because of how the thread runs through it.