At last I've found time for a proper read of Sandra Meech's lovely book, Connecting Design to Stitch, bought at the Festival of Quilts. There are some great exercises to try when I have the time to do them justice.
|Arctic Snow - Sandra Meech|
(Reproduced with permission)
|Machine stitch sample |
in my planning journal
I'm finding it difficult as everything seems to become very linear and strip-like (no surprise really ...) . Making the work lively and with unexpected details is hard. I also tend to over-work things.
For better or worse, these are the results so far, in the order I did them. On each one, I've used a silk or cotton ground and painted the fabric with silk paints. Either before or after painting, I've machine quilted them.
|Limestone layers with machine quilting and handstitch|
ex[eriment and 8" square for group project
Although I like the effect I've produced on it, I'm not sure it's going to be practical on a big piece like I'm planning. It will take ages. My dead-line to finish it is the of the middle of February and I have thoughts for THREE large pieces!
I always seem to have ideas beyond my ability to complete them.
I may have to think again.
|Hand painted on a cotton ground |
with lots of machine stitch, much
of it using distorted in-built stitches
Image taken from: Sandra Meech 2012, Connecting Design to Stitch, Batsford P21 - reproduced with permission from Sandra.