Saturday, February 23, 2013

I've been working steadily on a few large pieces that I'm not willing to show you yet, in fact I wasn't even ready to show my crit group.  Sometimes I find myself working on something that is not cropped, in the middle of stitching and kind of ugly, and I know it will be ok, but it's still kind of ugly right now, so it remains unseen.


I did feel like I needed a break from the large work though, and started thinking about my SAQA auction piece for this year.  I miss the monthly challenges of the 12's, the chance to experiment a little, so I gave my self permission to mess around with some of my small precious pieces of black that discharges to white.


I started with a narrow piece that couldn't really be used for anything else, and looked at black on white, then white on black.  I used soy wax resist on the left using a Kitska, which is used in making Ukrainian easter eggs and makes a very thin line. On the right,  I tried making thin lines with pure bleach using the same method.


For my SAQA auction submission, I stitched a piece of fabric with wool felt underneath to shrink it up for texture, then tried using soy wax to make marks.  This method does not make crisp marks, because the soy wax stays on top of the textured piece when making these thin marks, so I get a lot of greyed areas, but I also get the wonderful black lines marching across it. This will have a little hand stitching added in.


On this piece I made the bleach marks first, then stitched it to the wool felt and shrunk it.  A totally different look.  This piece is only about 10 inches wide, too narrow for the auction,  but I will use it for something else.

Both of these pieces seem slightly tilted to me, which is typical, I think I look at life a little tilted.


7 comments:

Gerrie said...

I love these! I am hoping to do some fabric manipulation and printing and painting and dyeing - it has been too long.

Terry Grant said...

This black to white discharge is so like a black and white photo, with all the ranges of lovely grays. Those ovals seem so mysterious. Really lovely work.

Fran├žoise said...

Beautiful work. The last piece looks really 3D. Amazing!
Regards.

Deborah Boschert said...

Those two oval pieces are gorgeous. Amazing detail and texture. I'm so happy that you shared them.

Regina Dunn said...

I love both of them. The one that is too narrow for the auction could be made wider with black borders (or dark gray) on the sides. They almost look like studies of rocks with an oriental flair to them.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I agree with Terry in that the ovals have a mysterious feel to them. I love the lines/markings you've added to them.

JB said...

The gray shading is lovely and the spareness gives it a very sophisticated, sort of mysterious feeling.