Mountains & Mesa

This 14×11″ piece began with a scrap left over from another art work. The shape reminded me of a stone. I stitched the shape to a white- on-white batik that had subtle, small stone shapes. I pieced cotton and silk scraps below the stone. These reflected the colors in the large stone and then I brought in some new colors at the top. Two rectangular scraps reminded me of tree trunks. In an old magazine I found pictures of trees and stones that were part of mountains and a mesa.

Using a small, vintage, wooden embroidery hoop; I stitched with Perle 8 cotton in colors that repeated the colors at the top of the art quilt. I stitched large seed stitches. The stitches also repeated the lines in the silk ffabric above it. I drew tree branches with a fabric marker.

Using a wool/cotton batting, I free-form machine stitched the tree branches. The threads were 12 wt and 30 wt. I stitched the large stone shape with the same threads sometimes blending the threads in the shapes of cracks in the rock. The rock consists of silk, organdy, cotton and burned-out velvet. A soldering iron was used to burn holes in some of the sheers (before they were pieced). The border is yarn that is attached by hand. This repeated the use of hand embroidery in the piece.

I enjoy playing with space. For example the trees are much smaller than the stone and the flowers. The subject matter reminds me of trips to the southwest both as a child and as an adult.

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~ by fiberverse on August 16, 2010.

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