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!
Nearly ready for exhibition!
The gallery has a suspended-hook hanging system. Sometimes I envy painters and all those who frame their work, with that handy string across the back!
My quilts need “something for a hook to hook onto” plus some structure to keep them spread flat on the wall. I want to keep them as soft, light and flexible as possible.
A bit of experimentation is required. The answer this time is to add a bar of very light stiff wood across the back with one or more cord loops for the hanging hook to catch.
I quite enjoy this final bit of engineering, especially the opportunity to borrow tools -and a handy assistant- from the other studio in my home.
With any luck this will all be invisible to you when you visit- Kumeu Arts Centre March 29 to April 9.