It feels good to be stitching once again, whilest awaiting layers of drying paint to cure. This piece is about 8x10 inches in size, machine stitched with green Aurifil thread, wool batting; I also used my Black Birds in Tree Stencil with acrylic paint onto fabric painted cotton cloth.
I shall stitch a few of the birds next, to bring them forward, and add a few beads and then this piece will be done.
Natural, compost (bundle), and rust dyed cotton fabrics. The dark red was obtained using a Turkey Red recipe.
I started these hexagons using my natural and compost dyed fabrics in March of 2005, the weekend my mother died actually, and found them last night while I was looking for a missing stack of colored papers. This couldn't of happened at a better time as I am currently working on a new body of work called "Faded Memories: Stitched Stories of the Prairie and Plains" for an upcoming solo show at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee, Iowa.
This new body of work will encompass both traditional and digital techniques, and to say that I found these hexies made up already would be an understatement! The hexagons are from a pattern known as Grandmother's Garden, which seems rather appropriate for this new body of work!
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This sample piece is working on becoming something special, after dinner I will retire to the wet studio to surface the pink piece which may or may not be of the same colors as the one in the lower left hand corner.
Dyed and painted cheesecloth that coordinates beautifully with my sample piece.
A basket filled with coordinating threads, trims, constructed yarns, etc.
Natural dye painted and rusted silk organza over cochineal dyed wool batting.
I'm off on a couple of tangents, now that I know I won't be entering Quilt National. Hopefully the next time QN rolls around they will have either changed the image requirements, of 300DPI or I will have a new camera capable of taking that high quality images. Until then I'm content working in my studio.
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I'm almost ready for the hand stitching, I filled in a bit more of the piece with machine stitching to reinforce it's structure.
The forgotten dye note text now dealt with which resulted in more brown scraggly stitching being added to the piece in a random manner.
I've started thinking about the cottonwoods and how stoic they look when shrouded in the ice fog of deep winter.