This piece took far longer to make than it might appear....and I'm just referring to the construction part....not the hours spent altering the fabric, both black and white silk noil. But, isn't that what we love about one-of-a-kind pieces? They challenge our creativity, our design skills, and construction techniques!
If interested, check out its beginning on this post. And if you wish to dig in further....here's a post from June 2015, about a 3 day dyeing retreat which included natural dyeing of some of the silk pieces.
Let me also explain.....I had fully intended doing lots of hand stitching on this project....it's actually been awhile since I've worked on a major one. Yet....once the numerous blocks were arranged.....a new idea developed. That was to let the natural dyed pieces speak for themselves....and highlight with simple metallic thread machine stitching. Sometimes less is better.
EARTH'S BOUNTY 28" x 29.5"
Botanical printing, natural dyeing with turmeric, curry, blueberries, pine needles, iron water on silk noil, machine quilted