Caro Higgs – Motion – A little motion in the air
At first I was unsure how to tackle this subject but after a look through my stash and my dictionary of quotations I came up with this. The title is mis-quoting Shelley (Charles the first 1.10) and fits the fabric perfectly. Two summers ago I did a shibori and dyeing course, it was essentially using indigo but there was also iron and pomegranate on the go, I dyed this in two stages with two different stitch methods, the result pleased me and I knew that it would come in to its own one day!
I chose to hand stitch with a wool thread to give a texture to the paler pattern, then with running stitch and a fine thread I stitched along any fold lines I could identify to give some relief to the background, the rust colour was then free machine stitched. I didn’t have enough of the main fabric for a binding and I felt it needed a binding so I managed to find something that blended in and which I included in the final addition of the floating seeds.
I seem to have cut a fraction off the top quite by mistake…The fabric is not as coarse as it looks in the close-up and the actual colours are darker than the detail. At this time of year it is really difficult to have good consistent light for photographing!