|Photo courtesy Victorian Embroidery and Crafts|
I've done couching before, and I had no trouble selecting a favourite shape -- the triangle, shown first on paper in my sketchbook...
|Sketchbook - March 2011|
|Sketchbook too - March 2011|
|Stamped fabric - March 2011|
This is pre-quilting. The triangles have been fused and stitched with satin stitch; the 'path' linking the series on the right is also satin stitch. The cord has been couched by machine with variegated thread and a large zig-zag stitch. Next, I added quilting:
The straight lines on the left are intended to add rigidity to that side of the piece; see the baby triangle "blossom" on the left side? Then I added more quilting...and auditioned some beads...
Not quite what I had in mind. I auditioned beads in a few more combinations:
|How about this?|
In our e-mails back and forth, Linda made helpful observations and reminded me that I needed to think about what I was really trying to accomplish with the beads. AHA!! From the start of the composition, I was thinking about the triangles on the left as free spirits, representing growth, spontaneity and joy -- compared to the rigid, orderly, ducks-in-a-row, clock-punching types on the right. So this is what I finally decided (binding and final bead attachment pending):
|Free Spirits - October 2011|
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. (Baltasar Gracian)*
*found on Robert Genn's website, The Painter's Keys.