Friday, 1 June 2012
Dining in the Moonlight
Fine living for me, is about having a delicious meal either at a large holiday gathering or an intimate dinner with my husband. The word "silver" came to mind and I immediately thought of my mother's silverware. Her silverware is called "Coronation", a silverplate pattern, that was introduced by Community (now Oneida) in 1936 to commemorate the crowning of Edward VIII of England (which never took place). Coronation has been a highly successful pattern in the U.S.
I wanted to stay true to my commitment to use different techniques with each challenge. I experimented with foiling and metal pieces which did not give me the results I wanted.
Then, I tried using a silver Shiva Oil Stick to make a rubbing of the knives. (This reminded me of the rubbings we made at Westminster Abbey when we visited London years ago.)
The cabochon that represents the moon was made from modeling clay that was stamped, pearlized and then baked in the oven. In order to affix it to the quilt, I beaded it with a peyote stitch in the round.
In order for the quilt to handle the weight of the beading and cab, I used black felt and a medium weight non-woven stabilizer. I used a metallic thread to match the blue beads.
The silverware rubbings were arranged as moonbeams ... hence the title of this piece, "Dining in the Moonlight".