Saturday, 28 February 2015

TEXTURED ABSTRACT

I must admit I was completely thrown by the colour, but hopefully rose to the challenge!  It took me a while to get the creative juices flowing but hopefully got there in the end.  

I decided that I would do something completely different and so out of my comfort zone, although to be honest still like 'neat and tidy' which must be in the genes, so how to do something out of the box for me?



 I found some hessian and then decided to do a textured design using different materials in opposition to the rough texture of the hessian.  I used chiffon in the top right which I very unsuccessfully tried to burn and now wish I had used organza, but by then it was too late.  I covered some of the chiffon with dyed scrim and then made cords and applied those.  Thereafter stitched using varigated thread in sections and in retrospect wish I had also incorporated hand stitching to marry the stitching with the concept.  However, I am relatively happy with the result and am glad I tried something different, for me anyway.  Perhaps I will do something else in the future using the same background but experimenting further with the ideas I have had since finishing it, and pushing my limits further.













11 comments:

  1. For me, there is something map-like about this. I like the subtlety of the hand-dyed scrim, and the variety of your stitching, Patricia.

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  2. Interesting that both you and Phil tried burning this time. I like the frayed edges and am curious to know if this piece has three layers? I suppose it must as the quilting is evident but the edges are so beautifully flat.

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    1. Yes it is three layers but I frayed the edge to the width I wanted and then cut my batting and backing to the size within the edge, leaving the frayed edge. I then stitched around the piece with a zig-zag stitch to hold the three pieces together. The hessian was quite stiff in itself and was very easy to work with, and with the three layers it created a very flat piece.

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  3. We have been working along such similar lines, Patricia. I also needed to stitch along the frayed edge on mine. I love your colours and lines - twisting two colours together was a great idea.. It's so interesting working with textures and I wish I could feel yours.

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  4. I thought this would be a difficult colour to work with for you (as I found it ) but your piece works beautifully. I do like the twist of colours in the cords ,balancing with the burnt chiffon.
    I agree ..funny we both went with burning.

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  5. It's a nicely balanced piece with lots of interesting detail. I like the quilting that you've done and the colour of the chiffon. The red in the twisted thread adds a nice touch

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  6. The textures you have achieved remind me of something that is reaching through from behind. I almost seems like a treasure in the sand that has been partially uncovered by a blast of wind or an artifact partially recovered from an excavation or something melting out of the snow. Very intriguing result.

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  7. It's the textures in the piece that I like as well, especially where the chiffon is. And the slight touch of colour works well.

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  8. I was compelled to look at this piece full screen - there is so much to see.
    Your step out of tour comfort zone has served you well. I'd love to see another piece to see how you would incorporate the hand stitch you've considered.

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  9. I just love this piece especially the upper right corner. Sorry I am not being very eloquent, I am trying to comment briefly while on vacation in Scotland visiting my daughter and son in law!

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  10. oo - i like this - the grid, the use of colors, the chording, burning and the design
    well done patricia - you moved yourself out of your comfort zone!

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