I have been really busy the last 2-3 months producing work that I hope to have entered into a number of forthcoming exhibitions around the country.
The workshop, even with the fire and another heater has been incredibly cold but finally work for this first series of work is complete. Blog posts and housework have been thoroughly neglected!!
The Osprey below is the first off four pieces I hope to have accepted on the Contemporary Quilters West ‘travelling exhibition’ this year. You can read more about its inspiration on an earlier blog here.
The watercolour above was the starting point for this piece. I used my technique of building up fabrics to create a similar image prior to stitching using both free-motion embroidery and hand stitching.
I start to choose possible threads as this process begins to take shape.
15 different fabrics were used to get to this point and I was now ready to move onto the next stage.
The imagine above shows the Osprey’s stitching, at this point about two-thirds of the stitch detail is complete. The final important details are added when I apply this piece to the completed backing.
I always check I am absolutely happy with the final colour combinations of the bird with the backing prior to stitching.
I am still awaiting the final scanned and colour balanced image ready for printing so the image above is not absolutely correct but it gives a good impression of the final piece.
If accepted this piece will be at the first stage of the Contemporary Quilters West exhibition at Harbour House Gallery in Kingsbridge Devon between Friday the 27th of April – May the 3rd 10-5pm.
There is an opening view between 11am and 2pm on the 27th when you will be able to meet many of the makers in our group. I will be at the exhibition on the Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th.
It would be lovely to see you if you are in the area.