Batting on

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,folded batting in a long banner form

…has enticing texture, and…closeup of stitch lines  compressing batting

 …takes colour!painted batting  

Expect to see more of it in my work. 


Marking a curve

curved  lines of stitching on collaged fabric on  fuzzy battingCurved 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…curved  lines of stitching on collaged fabric on  fuzzy batting

Linear marks

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!

Marking progress

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!