Ian and I are heading up to Llangollen tomorrow for 'Quiltfest' for his birthday ( in return , I get to go to a military museum for mine - only fair I suppose). I've been tacking together the beginnings of a 'slow cloth' to stitch on the train , a piece of indigo dyed silk, the idea being to follow the KISS principle outlined by Dijanne.
Somehow, with painting on quilts, I've been lured away from hand stitching by wanting to complete a top quickly by machine in order to get the painting stage ( or by using old quilts that are already densely stitched) but I love hand stitching, particularly with the old silk buttonhole threads I inherited. I think it's also to do with working more now on larger pieces - the 'blue- green algae' piece above based on diatoms is less than a metre in size as is the sand ripples of 'Erg Chebbi' (detail below)
I've still got my 'travel project' silk stole to complete but I liked the idea of getting back to indigo
One of the joys of working on 'Serifos Storm' above (apart from bringing back memories of sketching in Greece) was finding shapes and patterns in the fabric to emphasise with stitch.
I can already see fish shapes and sea creatures emerging from this shibori but I'm still debating what colour to stitch in. Having tacked with orange thread I'm drawn to the idea of stitching in reds and oranges ( also wouldn't have the blue hands I experienced sewing with indigo thread) .
What do you think? Red Sea?