Helen Hazon – Series #3 – Architecture in My Travels – Russia
A few years ago I visited several cities as part of a textile themed tour of the Baltic Sea coast. One of those cities was St Petersburg.
The experience of entering Russia by train, including an hour-long wait while our passports were inspected and our luggage thoroughly sniffed by dogs, was exciting in itself. Spending 3 days in a Russian city was amazing and included visits to some of the grandest palaces I’ve ever seen. We were also able to spend a lovely afternoon with members of a local quilt group who showed us their work, examined some of ours and then took us to their favourite fabric shop in the city. What wonderful memories!
The architecture in St Petersburg mostly seemed to fall into 2 categories – ugly, grey and functional or extremely ornate, gilded and beautiful. Perfect examples of the latter style were found in the many churches in the city. The one we really loved was the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood which has a splendid riverside setting. This church has five beautifully patterned domes and at least four golden ones together with many other lovely decorated areas. Naturally I took many photographs and it is these that I used as inspiration when designing this quilt.
I have kept the 1/3 and 2/3 division as in numbers 1 and 2 in my series. This time the 1/3 section is at the bottom and is red for the “spilled blood” that the church stands on and also for the red that we all associate with Russia. The upper 2/3 is grey with regular lines of stitching to represent the many large solid buildings all around the city. I have used silk fabrics to create the five onion domes and the conical tower. I have added a variety of decoration to them and finished all edges with gold metallic thread satin stitch.
Close up View:
Quilts in Series
Quilt 1 Quilt 2 Quilt 3