I walk Basset Boy early in the morning during the hot summer months. It’s so early that both night and morning people are sleeping. The stars are usually bright and visible. I LOVE that hour: all is still-even air conditioners, there are no cars, no pedestrians and the whole earth is shrouded in peacefulness and quiet. There is virtually no color and I see most things in silhouette. It’s beautiful.
I let the ombre fabric do the work for me and used a thread that almost disappears on the bottom yet shows well at the top. I think I captured the lost edges concept well in this piece. It definitely sets a mood! DH said it looked grim and somber. I see the peacefulness of pre-dawn in it but I’ll be curious to see the reactions of others.
There are a few things of note about this piece. The process I use to create these pieces is to heavily quilt the background in light gray super skinny 100 wt silk thread. That creates the line and shadow which I love. I enjoy the energy created by the background. Then I lay the design on top of that background.
You can see here I am almost done stitching the background. What is of note is the basting method I used. That unquilted area would have been a problem had I used a typical method like pin baste or a larger grid based method. That central area would have accumulated all the “snow plow” of puff from the whole piece and it would have been very difficult to quilt without tucks.
Instead I Misty Fused my wool batting to the front and back. As a result I can quilt like this and not have a problem with excess billowing fabric. Notice there are no pins there? It is such a joy to be able to romp across the surface without any concerns about snow plowing!
Also, the addition of the bugs really made the piece. It was a little too tranquil without them-try to imagine it without them. It was a little too calm. And besides, they are up and buzzing around when I’m walking.
I love the little bit of whimsy it adds to the piece as well as a bit of realism. And it also allows me to draw your eye through the piece. I am thinking that I have learned that sort of thing as a result of this class.
Elizabeth liked the piece and thought it smart to let the fabric do the work. She thought I did a good job with perspective, mood, flow, balance and focal area (with the bugs).
I worked hard on getting those grasses to lean but not make the piece unbalanced and she noted that was a difficult thing to achieve. I’m pretty happy with September’s work. I don’t have a title yet besides the working title “Pre-Dawn”-any ideas?
So two posts in one week-unusual for me. Now I am heading into the Houston Prep Zone and I may not be posting as much. I just know I have a LOT to do to prepare for my students!
On Friday I will link up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday here-there are always some really cool links there.