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.
Outside the studio, the overhang protects part of the deck, especially if the rain is light.
(Continued from here)To celebrate the rain, the rain we really needed, I stitched the next section diagonally. Two strands of white, since one didn't seem to say rain. I found an unexpected opportunity to follow the printed dot pattern while stitching. And then I stitched the window of opportunity to celebrate that. I followed the shadow of the folded back cloth so it isn't centered or straight. Opportunity is like that I was thinking, not planned, perfect or as expected. Just suddenly there to notice. To go with.
You can see I have added a bit more to the sides, using some of what I cut from the back while working the center. I often divide the space according to what I have. And where the corners of the tilted square overlapped the new edge, I stitched it down from the front, creating an overlap type seam and also cut that small section from the corners, from the back, again retaining the thinness of patchwork. Extra cloth only remains along the seam lines. You might also notice that the thin cotton lawn that was invisibly basted to the center panel really has not added much thickness. The light coming through proves that.
Richard Carbin, mentioned in the video, is a special source of old cloth and is listed over at PlaceKeeper as a trusted resource.
The Coma effect also mentioned is a composition tool I often use to put a spin/shift on things, named for a cloth I made a while back. There is a category for it, but I have placed a picture here to illustrate the graphics of it. I will be talking more about it later.
For Soul-o. His view. He loves to watch the goings on from here. He wandered between this new home and "out there", sometimes resting in the path itself. In between. Sometimes facing in, sometimes out.
The center (of the Basket Self) is where ever you are.
I have temporarily removed the center silk panel. It is slightly smaller than the opening and I want to extend it a bit. And I am looking at this. How it is a way of holding center. In some lighter way. A focus on a sense of center that might not be apparent otherwise. Holding nothing but then not. A place. Placekeeping. I will hold that thought in my mind for further consideration.
And then, how the frame floats. How easily it could be pulled out of shape. Softened by that. A kind of liquid frame. I will hold that thought too.
Because here and now, I will be continuing with the other thought. Extending the silk centerpiece.
I will stitch the inner edge of the patchwork frame, catching all layers. And then cut away the excess cotton lawn*- inner frame close to that stitching line by lifting the outer edge of the frame out of the way, but I will show all that later. Managing the layers. I will create a page at Feel Free for seams but not today.
* Lawn cloth or lawn is a plain weave textile, originally of linen but now chiefly cotton. Lawn is designed using fine, high count yarns, which results in a silky, untextured feel. The term "lawn" derives from "Laon", a city in France, which produced large quantities of linen lawn.
In some way I am always looking through patchwork. So this is good. That patchwork might be a window to something else.
The center could be anything really. I am playing around with some eco dyed samples from way back. Using them. Finally. I am not dyeing this year except for indigo that I might need to complete some big cloth. I don't need to dye much anymore. I have stacks of old experiments to share with you eventually, the cloths and the process. As I use them. Make blankets.
I like the contrast between the organic and the grid. I like the square ring. The background cloth is cotton linen and has dragonflies woven right into it. The center cloth is silk. This will be a big cloth. With a lot of space. For radiating outward. In a less kind of way.
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