I really like batting (wadding to our English pals). It’s soft and friendly. Why hide it inside the quilt always?
It’s got enough body to be sculpted,
…has enticing texture, and…
Expect to see more of it in my work.
Curved lines!! Stitched spontaneously without marking!!! This is something completely new for me. The works seemed to want it…I’m a bit doubtful, but it’s early in the process. Samples would have been a good idea. Think of all the unpicking if I don’t like it…
A palette of thread colours for one area.
I’m still experimenting with the order I stitch the different colours. I used to start with the mid-tone. Often I ran out of room for the highlights & lowlights. If I start at one end of the range sometimes I don’t make it to the other end.
Recently I’ve been starting with the lightest colour. Then switching to the darkest. Alternating light and dark, moving toward finishing in-fill using the mid-tone. This seems to be working well.
Lightest threads stitched, beginning the darkest
It never ceases to amaze me how the thread stitches out on a white ground -darker and less colourful than it appears on the reel. Experimenting is essential!
Laying down the foundation rows of stitching. These secure the fabric strips. And provide a framework for later stitching.
I’m pleased with how it’s going.
Progress is slow. Not least because I seem to be a little clumsy right now. The pins are extremely sharp. It’s a deadly combination for these cream-coloured works. Next up, working with red!
Here’s how the first marks in my previous post turned outIt’s ready to stitch with these threads
It’s the first element of a triptych. Here’s no. 2, also pinned and ready to stitch.
Colours here are more accurate in natural rainy-day light.
The first few “marks” on yesterday’s boring canvas. A good time to step back and look afresh. Many changes ahead.
Also the first work inspired by my recent travels. I feel great pleasure in moving from the sketchbook to the fabric board at last.
This may be the least-exciting photo I ever share.
It’s plain cotton/wool quilt batting. The preferred foundation for my fabric strip collage works.
Which is to say, I’m starting to compose new pieces based on my recent travels. My next progress shots can’t fail to be more interesting!