This is the beginning of the third piece in this sequence. Number two is still under construction with not that much to say about it. But number three, here was started at the weekend when I really wanted to do some foot -down machine quilting. The need to thunder away at a piece sometimes does come over me and these small quilts are ideal for working through the creative urge. This one has a small piece of an early Laura Ashley print at the top.
The other thing that I wanted to do was to quilt and then paint over it. I am not sure why, but I have been wanting to do this obliteration of the piece for a while, and the very pale neutrals of this piece seemed to be an ideal base for a painted over piece. I used gesso on a brayer. Although it takes some nerve to paint over a lovingly stitched piece, it does bring up the quilting really well.
The fabric here is an exquisite embroidered linen which is another remnant passed onto me by my mother. It seemed like sacrilege to blank it out, but I think it really does highlight the quilting. Here’s a back view of the quilting:
I think that one of the reasons that I wanted to go for this blanked-out, bleached out approach is that I went on a workshop last year with The Textile Study Group http://www.textilestudygroup.co.uk/members.html. This is a long-standing and very accomplished textile group of impressive stitchers, but I was also fascinated by the way that a group that had been together for a long time had developed something of a house-style. My work has been big and colourful and highly decorative for a long time, and a lot of theirs was stripped back and minimal. Opposites attract and I found myself really wishing that I could produce something similar. The workshop was run by Cas Holmes who works with a lot of recycled materials, again in quite a minimal and bleached out way:
Her website is http://www.casholmes.textilearts.net. The workshop was great. Full of very friendly and supportive women who were welcoming to the strangers who joined them. They were great fun to be with and we had a lovely time with them.
Anyway, the next stage is to do some embellishment over the white-d out stitching.