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After piecing about 33 different hand dyed green fabrics I decided to quilt over the surface in a variety of patterns, that's what you see here. Next I plan to use the green dyed fibers somehow on the surface of this quilt. Still deciding on what that will be!
After looking at my hidden figures piece on the design wall I was reminded of people who are living in the shadows in our communities. I chose strips of fabric left over from another project and applied them to the surface, mimicking buildings in our cities. I chose to partially cover the figures, to show them hidden yet looking out at the rest of us. Hiding, yet wanting to be seen. Then I chose some of the fibers I dyed in the various greens to create lines across the surface alluding to a skyline pattern of buildings in the city. Now when I look at this piece, I am attracted to the tension of the horizontal and vertical lines, and then discover the figures behind the tension. I'll keep this on my design wall again to see if I am inspired to add more.
After a wonderful 70 degree day yesterday, we were blessed with this gorgeous orange sunset. I almost missed it, but happily the colors caught my eye when I was dropping the shades. This view is behind our home and once the trees leaf out sunsets are not so visible as they are in early spring. This was a great end to a day in which it seemed the whole town came to life, simply because the weather turned lovely. Little girls on pink bicycles, teenagers with mopeds roaring by, a chorus of birds singing with all their might. Sounds of lawn equipment and soft wind blowing. The quiet eruption of crocuses and daffodils, and growing buds on ornamental shrubs and trees.
Gladly I took time to sit outside and remember the simple joy of just being outside and witnessing a new season making a quick appearance. Today more typical March weather has returned, forty degrees with blustery winds. But we know the promise of Spring is waiting.
Finally took the plunge and started cutting into the green fabric I dyed over the winter. I guess the warmer temps and melting snow got me motivated. I'm going for about 20 in wide by 40 in long, I'm about half way done with this background. I plan to use the dyed fibers too somehow over this surface. And other surface design ideas.
The important thing is I have begun!
I like to knit now and then and I realized I had nothing on needles so I could pick it up whenever I felt like it. I have this great two-tone purple wool yarn so I decided to finally use it and in the process teach myself something new. I watched a few online videos on the moss stitch which is not that difficult and decided I would knit this narrow scarf in the moss stitch. Already you see that I've added a narrow yellow stripe along the way and I'm going to add other colors too in the process. You have to pay attention when you're doing the moss stitch so you keep track of where you are in the process, but I am crazy about the texture it creates!
Thanks to those who responded with what they saw in the green fabric. Leaves, trees, and even a choir of nuns in habits! As you can see from the following photo I saw images of people standing. You may be able to see it better if you click on the image and enlarge it.
I set to work outlining them in stitch and then begin free motion quilting in between them and around the rest of the piece in different threads. Finally I highlighted the images with inktense pencil to make them a little more obvious. I don't know if
I'm finished yet but I will leave it on my design wall in case I have something else to add. I still need to come to a conclusion about what I am expressing in this piece.
It seems I want to add some text to the piece although I don't know what that will be yet. Thanks to those who played along.
Be sure to check out the creative works this week at ninamariesayre.blogspot.com.
So yesterday I decided to start using my green dyed fabrics. I took this piece and placed it on my design wall and I noticed the patterns the folding had created. What do you see when you look at this fabric? Tomorrow I'll post what I saw and a little stitching I did. Take a quick look and see what comes to mind.