There are several ways to capture the essence of a season. In this month’s column, we’ll look at creating a color palette of new shoots and spring flowers using traditional appliqué and patchwork techniques, cutting off fabrics, adding textures with wool and naturally frayed fabrics, and embellishing light and depth with light-reflecting beads, jewels, and sequins to create the surface and hand-embroidered poems that hold the essence of my childhood for Easter in a crochet thread.
CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF SPRING – BUILDING A COLOR RANGE
“Spring garden” and “spring” capture the essence of the season with a lively palette of lush green (new shoots) and blue (bright sky), brown (earth), purple, pink, yellow, orange and white (spring flowers) of hyacinths , Cherry blossoms, daffodils and snowdrops).
TRADITIONAL APPLICATION AND PATCHWORK TECHNIQUES
Folding fabrics (applications) and sewing fabrics (patchwork) forms a strong color palette and creates depth within the surface structure.
LAYERING TECHNOLOGY USING FABRICS
Gathering sections of fabric is a great way to create depth within a color palette. Individual color patches can be created by overlapping edges of similarly sized parts (for securing with a barrel stitch). Long lengths are formed, which are then layered and sewn to create a surface with texture and depth within the naturally frayed fabrics. In Spring Garden, additional lengths of frayed curtains and blankets were used. There is a natural rhythm within the sewing and contouring of the surface.
ADD TEXTURE WITH WOOL
Because of its diversity, wool is a fantastic medium. The greater the thickness (layer), the greater the volume and the 3D structure. I love creating wool pompoms for fringing because they give the textile a flexible depth.
Embellishing a surface with marker embroidery is effective in overlaying color, pattern, and texture. “Spring” uses a simple run and cross stitch to improve the panels and over sewing to anchor large buttons.
ADD TEXTURE WITH NATURALLY FROZEN FABRICS
Naturally frayed fabrics and wool (roughly cut) are a great source of texture that gives volume and depth to a flat surface. Use a variety of materials to achieve a high density in the structure of your textile.
ORNATE WITH LIGHT REFLECTING PEARLS, JEWELS AND SEQUINS TO CREATE LIGHT AND DEEP
3D buttons, pearls and jewels are very effective in creating the surface contour, with a play of light casting shadows on the surface and creating depth within the structure.
Light-reflecting sequins capture the delicate light of spring
CAPTURE SPRING TIME WITH ORIGINAL POSTERY
“Easter sandals”, hand-embroidered in a golden crochet thread, captures the spirit of Easter when I was a child growing up in the north east of England. The viewer is brought back to “with me in search of brightly patterned eggs … church bands pulling through South Shields …”. A personal experience creates an emotional layer that the viewer can relate to.
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