What’s great about this book is that the author is into surface design as well as quilting and so has suggestions for the questions that plague me:
- What to do with the ugly commercial fabrics?
- What to do with the muddy/unfortunate/bizarre results of dyeing and surface design experiments?
- What to do with the amazing fabric that is just too lovely to cut? Sometimes this comes from a store and sometimes it’s the result of good things happening in the dye tub
Our guild is blessed with an extensive library and resource centre, where I found this book. After reading it several times I really REALLY wanted to experiment with the method, but given the other projects I have on the go, I had an argument with myself. I won and the left-brained disciplinarian lost (as usual).
This piece measures 10-1/2 by 26 inches and contains
- ugly commercial fabric (the brown and green print)
- less successful surface design (the navy horizontal strips)
- amazing pink and green deconstructed screen printing (in the vertical strips that are woven through from top to bottom, towards the middle)
- It’s good to just play from time to time without having a precise vision in mind
- Letting go of all the design rules about coordinating colours and how to choose fabrics can be a big challenge
- This method is very conducive to Working In A Series because there is just so much to explore. There will be more of these!
In honour of having taken the process pledge, here are some process pix:
This is the navy (see why it was a problem child?) with yellow print attached to two of the strips.
Here’s the strata that ended up being sliced between the horizontal areas. This shows much more clearly the beautiful pink and green deconstructed screen print. The pale green fan print is one I’ve used in many different pieces, although I’m not really a fan of 30’s reproductions, which is what this looks like. But I love being able to mix up such disparate fabrics as these, the green and black batik and the green and pink/purple/burgundy stripe at the top.