I have finally finished my Rook for an exhibition at Rook Lane Gallery in Frome, Somerset.
I have so enjoyed this piece and its become one of the four pieces I shall be entering for selection as part of the ‘Unfolding Stories 2’ Contemporary Quilters West Exhibition.
I love Corvids, they fascinate me in a strange sinister sort of way. I have recently finished watching ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ by Susanna Clarke, a fabulous story that features a character called the ‘Raven King’. The imagination and imagery in this story was breathtaking and a Raven is definitely on my to do list….
Above a quick sketch of a Rook.
Below you can see the Rook pieced and ready for stitching. I used 9 fabrics for the bird and a 10th for the backing.
Stitching underway on beak, slowly building up the texture around the base.
A view from the back. I use a Bobbin thread of either white or black, this thread is both strong and thin, avoiding unnecessary bulk being added to the picture.
Once the picture is backed and edged I am ready to start sewing it onto a piece of mount board ready for framing.
He is my first Corvid but will certainly not be my last…..