fabric and thread is a magical combination for me; thread joins fabric shapes to create something wonderful, but real magic happens when the thread lies on top...
when i first started on this circle bag i wasn't so sure about it - the picture in the book is lovely indeed but my few bare appliqued circles, all in light beigey-greys - well, it was a little barren
so i began with embroidering just one, and then another, and the more i did, the better it looked
the texture of the stitch, and the texture created by the slight distortion of the fabric beneath it
keen to see how each fabric would change, i embroidered until the wee hours the other night...
and see those faint blue lines?
those will be darts
there goes the "no darts" rule...
i'll let you know how that works out
after the circles comes hand-quilting
hand-quilted circles around each applique, then lines swirling off into the spare emptiness of the upper section
still more circles need to be added but like i said, i couldn't wait to begin the embroidery
i kept telling myself i needed to see how they would look in order to balance out the colours... yeah right - i wanted to get to the magical part...
this bag is a sample for a new class of mine
based on yoko saito's style of japanese quilting
exploring taupe colour arrangements
i've been working in these colours for years, and much as i thought i knew them, there is so much still to learn
her taupe theory book breaks it down, building a taupe colour wheel, balancing the greys and the beiges, intermingling them, adding accents
the first one i'm tackling is one she calls "nut-tart"
rich greens and browns, fawn, grey and pink
the diagram for the blocks is a log cabin but her samples are actually courthouse steps
i chose to make mine the same
freely cut, adding angles where they wouldn't normally be, creating an orderly haphazard look - that was a challenge for me!
deciding to extend her ideas with my own, working with squares and rectangles together and separately
it never ceases to amaze me how different fabrics look when cut into tiny pieces
playing now with the nine-patch
a stack of fabric squares
"grown-up building blocks"
in her book, ms. saito stresses you cannot truly understand a colour unless you think of it also in terms of scent, taste, texture, hearing
i'd never thought of it that way before, at least not in terms of fabric and quilting
i love it though
it's a wonderful, eye-opening, magic-making way of looking at colour
and i am spell-bound