Friday, August 23, 2013

A lot of Green......

Remember last time I wrote about a shibori silk dying class with Diane Ricks at IQF Long Beach? One piece I made seemed to call out to be made into a quilt.  Here it is again below - a little more vivid in the classroom than when I got home and rinsed it thoroughly.

Since it was sheer silk chiffon I decided to back it with a piece of white cotton for an opaque and more substantial top for free motion quilting - sticking it down temporarily with 505 spray. I layered it with wool batting and an ecological themed printed cotton on the back and then decided to let myself go with all the shades of silk thread I had in tones of green and light to medium blue....
This was a very freeing experience - and loads of sheer fun - just doodling around with very fine thread at a good rate of speed. I divided the top according to lines of color in the dying and then filled them with all the fill patterns I could think of ...
Strata of color started to emerge with a lot of texture and I rather like the result. The area towards the bottom right seemed to lend itself to a large pattern, so I threw in a fantasy feather as well.
Below is the final result - not yet cropped or faced. That's now done, but not photographed yet. I'll wait for a day when I can concentrate on getting a really great image and maybe enter this is in show or exhibit, but under what title? I've got a few ideas, but would love suggestions. Maybe I'll add some beads - what do you think?

Leave me a comment and give me a good idea for a "green title" - something that will tie in with the predominant shades of green and the theme print on the back. 

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  1. Your quilting is amazing! Did you do it on a long arm or a regular domestic machine? Either way it is gorgeous! I love the backing fabric, too.
    How about "How Green Is My Valley"?

    1. Thanks, Norma.... It was done on a domestic machine - my trusty Viking SE. And thanks for your title suggestion. How Green was My Valley was my Dad's favorite film and each time I watch makes me cry Welsh tears. That may just be it!

  2. Wow! Spectacular as usual. Love it!

  3. That is quite wonderful. I am not skilled enough to let loose with FMQ...and on a large piece I can't seem to see where I'm going. You have done this so well!

  4. I can't think of a good title... maybe something to do with jade or malachite or other semi-precious stone. But it is gorgeous.

  5. I was thinking of something to do with vibrations as the stitching in one of the pictures reminded me of them. But it is so gorgeous the way you have embroidered it and the colours.