Wednesday, August 19, 2009
stitches in time
As I contemplate the design of my "willow tree" piece, the question of stitching is paramount at this point. Some time ago, I made a two-sided quilt for our son to use in the Manhattan apartment he shares with his girlfriend. I wanted something modern, and the Gee's Bend aesthetic came to mind -- large improvisational blocks of color, no straight edges.
Our son chose some of the Gee's Bend quilts that appealed to him, and very specifically selected the palette. I interpreted the Gee's Bend pieces more closely than I would now.
Stitching was what distinguished these designs from their forbears, and it is this type stitching that I am contemplating for my current piece - at least some sort of structured/unstructured design. Here are pix of our son's quilt:
Close-ups of the stitching:
I created a 'quadrant' with stitches, and then stitched designs within each quadrant, changing thread color and direction as the muse directed.
The first photo above is a digitally-created amalgam of both sides of the quilt -- this is an effective way for me to test how textile and stitch designs might work. Perhaps I can enlist Photoshop to test some stitch designs before needle and thread hit the cloth in my "willow tree" piece.