Good and snowy early morning in Calgary,
Once again, I find myself in the need to apologize because I haven’t blogged in a long time. I cannot believe that it’s mid-March already! Where have the first two months of the year gone? But, just because I have not blogged, doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing any work. On the contrary, I have been quite productive, creating new pieces of work for samples for classes, or just because I like the technique. Here’s the latest one in a new technique I started working with last year, and haven’t so far shared with you. It is as yet unnamed, as you can see from the photo (which I took with my iPad yesterday morning around 5:20 a.m.! – hence the shadow on the bottom left-hand corner) there is still a needle in the work, as I need to finish the beading. You know how it is with beading, once you start … it’s difficult to know when to stop.
And here is a detail of the beading:
All that done with beads I already had at home. Didn’t have to go out and buy any more! And they were all green! Go figure! :) These are still left over from a previous small project called “I see trees of green … dragonflies too”. I’ll post a photo of it later so you can see it. By the time I stopped counting, I had over 9,000 beads on this small 18″ x 18″ piece. Needless to say, it weighs a few pounds.
The interesting thing about this technique, is that it starts with all white, off-white and neutral fabrics in cotton, linen, silk, viscose, etc. And some poly-cotton thrown in there for good measure. It is pieced, fully quilted using cotton thread, and then, before it is squared off and bound, it is placed in a dye bath. This one was Celadon with a bit of bright green and a teaspoonful or two of sage.
The different colors on the quilt are given by the different fabric contents and textures. It’s a very interesting technique, as you never know exactly what the finished piece is going to look like.
Here is another one, called “Birds on a Wire”. The first photo was taken before it was dyed, and the second one is after it was placed in a vat of Pomegranate dye:
This next one, is called “On the Rooftops of the City where I Live” and is my version of a wonkly Log Cabin block, dyed in a mix of Tangerine, Bright Orange and a bit of Golden Yellow.
I will have some news to share with you on this technique in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’m off to teach a fabric painting workshop.
Thanks for reading, Drop me a comment or two and keep quilting.