More progress on the piece that I’m working on!
These are the side front panels. The multicolored one is a lightweight cotton twill that I painted with thickened dye in an abstract checkerboard motif. The gray side has been dyed in Pearl Gray RIT dye.
On the color-blocked one, I used matching thread and quilted the hell out of it in a very sketchy way. I wanted the stitches to look like the remnants of brushstrokes. On the gray side, I did a very simple quilting pattern.
Here is a detail of the stitching on the color-blocking:
I wanted to inject some more texture into the gray side so I dug up some mother of pearl buttons and turned them upside down. The opalescence of the pearl is nice, but I wanted the gritty texture of the shell to be the focus. You can see the finished piece here resting on the beading frame.
And here is a detail of the buttons, sewn well within the confines of the stitching line.
More to come later…