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10 May 2009

I am working on this:

This is a piece that I began as a project for my book, but that I it messed up and put it aside. Although I have been attending some knit groups, I have not felt inspired to knit. Instead, I bring sewing projects. I embroider, bead and enjoy the company of my fellows. This piece was taken out of hibernation, in order to sit and stitch at knit group.

So the thing I messed up is the word, Asperum. It is Latin for violent, fierce, rough and I like this as a sentiment, though I gravitate to the meaning 'fierce' the most. Originally the word was white and much too bright. In a blithe moment, I rolled some red dye over the word and fell out of love. So. I have taken the piece back in and am trying to make it work again.

So to accentuate the white organza, I stitched some cross stitch type marks. I think it helps the word sit back some too.

And then to draw attention to the printed texture below, I have done these organic lines.  

But I don't think this piece is quite complete. I don't know what more it needs, but I am now willing to see the piece through.

In an effort to brainstorm what I am trying to say, at the time I made this piece we were living in a conifer forest. The weather was tempestuous. The forest had been dry for months and the rainy season, which began as thunderstorms with lightening were close, but not quite present. These lightening storms were a source of worry, because wild fires were an issue.

Birds are a personal love for me and I often read about their dwindling yearly numbers and this worries me.

So ferocity. The ferocity of weather and my love of birds and our planet.

Right now I think the piece is clean in appearance and I think I would like it to stay that way-to an extent. But. It needs more, and not the glitz beads might provide... So more embroidery? hmmm. I just got an idea! And all for writing about it. 

What do you think? Do you have ideas?



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on 10 May 2009 5:02 PM

I am new to quilting, so take what I say with a grain of salt if you like hehe... the upper right corner with the heavy stitching is awesome and I agree, it helps the word become part of the background rather than standing out as the focal point. However, despite the way the pale threads begin to read as a nice, soft solid,  it also lends weight to that area and pulls the focus somewhat. In order to balance it, you might try a darker shade of the blue you used down the lower left side, across the left bottom area and blending back into the paler blue as you move towards the center of the piece. I think the counterpoint of lighter and darker could draw the viewer's main focus back to the bird, balanced between them.

on 10 May 2009 5:28 PM

How about adding some red elements down lower on the piece?  Nothing too wild, just subtle.  I feel the top area is done when looking at it, but that the bottom area is not.

MellyT wrote
on 11 May 2009 7:58 PM

Yeah! It is that lower left corner, isn't it?! Jagged, maybe something to integrate. Bring the eye around in circles. Balance.  It is much prettier in person, I must say.

Thanks to both of you for taking the time and helping to nudge me.

on 11 May 2009 10:25 PM

I hope you'll post photos of your final piece, I'll be interested to see what your solution is. :D

colorific wrote
on 28 May 2009 11:18 PM

I think that another curve cutting across that lower left corner would be nice ... perhaps pinker or redder than the others and further away.