After several false starts and ideas that didn't come to fruition, I've finally got going on a new 'train stitching' piece. I began it on my birthday, gathering together some scraps to take with me and pin to the background fabric
I didn't want to replicate exactly 'Wind Me In The Sea' ( detail below) which I'm delighted to say has been accepted for 7th European Quilt Triennial which will open in Heidelberg in September but I like the idea of using indigo again but combined with some other colours . I tried different combinations of colours and materials for scraps and backgrounds but nothing was really gelling .
Cwilt Cymru 'Traces' exhibition with it's use of Musa's kola fabrics with indigo shibori along with paintings seen in Margate and the colour palette I'd used for 'Painting the Novel' , I made the connection that the subtle hues of the shoreline are what grabs me at the moment. Working with a restrictive palette gives more opportunities to explore the tonal range, shape and composition as well as mark-making. I'll probably use the same range of colours for course with Gizella Warburton in a couple of weeks.
So I've started gathering together scraps into one of my African baskets and am experimenting with wrapping some strips around the kasuri background fabric . Lots of decisions to make - how many strips of kasuri to use, whether to join them together in a loop or as separate strips, what colour threads to use. But the process is what's fun and at last I'm excited to be stitching again.