Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Effects Of Colour

Isn't it amazing how colour can change the feel of a finished piece? The above two little tissue pack covers are both made from the same hand dyed fabric and both have the same stitching pattern as decoration. The only thing that is different is the colour.

With the top one I started with a commercially dyed variegated thread in a harmonious colour scheme, then picked out some of the colours to use in plain dyed stranded thread. I think the end result is very pretty.
The bottom one is more of a triadic colour scheme, using the blue of the fabric with red & yellow stitching. A much more dramatic effect than the top one.

Out of the two, the top one is my favourite. I have always loved cool colours in a harmonious colour scheme. I am still not sure of the triadic colour scheme though, but many of the people from my stitching group loved it. All a matter of taste no doubt.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Quilt for Charity

This morning I finished putting together another quilt for charity. It still needs binding, but someone else will do that. I have had this one in my possession for a while now & it feels good that is done & gone. Someone else made the crazy patchwork blocks, cut the sashings & borders, & I put them all  together. It was done as a quilt-as-you-go method with 1" straight strips, something I had not done before. So I volunteered to do it so I could learn. An interesting method to put together a quilt, would I do it again?. Mmmmm........... maybe.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Work Experiments

 I have been making more of those little tissue packet covers for  a sales table at an exhibition next year. This time I have been experimenting with black work patterns worked in colour. The one above uses one of my own hand dyed fabrics with a commercial variegated thread, while the one below uses the same hand dyed fabric with a combination of single dyed threads in various colours.

This one has given me some trouble. The red that I thought looked good actually looked too dark & heavy when stitched, so I have had advice on how to tone it down. Not sure if I like it or not.