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!
80 days of travel through 12 countries….
I saw a lot of beautiful or interesting places, objects, people. None of these will be recognisable in what I make next. Pictures are not my talent!
The mindmaps pictured above my desk are a start at describing some of the ideas or images that came to me in those beautiful places. I had time to think, to be intrigued, to make connections.
Mindmapping was a good method to move all of that internal value to the external, physical world. A big step toward making…
Immediately: the greeting phase
I’ll kiss the humans, walk on my beach, go to rehearsal.
Short term: unpacking phase
- I’ll find a basket or bowl for the Given Things/Found Objects and put them on my workbench.
- I’ll download all the photos off my phone.
- I’ll get a big sheet of paper and mindmap all the ideas I can remember.
That should keep me busy for a couple of days. Within a week I’ll be in the throes of making something!
I’m going to look for an opportunity to exhibit again within a year. And I have a Great Big Shiny Idea for action in about 15 months time. More about that later.