Joan Brailsford – Blooming
The ‘Blooming’ theme made me think immediately of open beautiful flowers, and because I used trees as the them of my last series, I also thought of the magnolia blossoms. Now, when I think of magnolia blossom, I think of warm and sunny afternoons beneath the trees with a nice cup if tea and a good book. So my next decision was how to translate this thought into a design.
I created a mainly plain white background using vintage lace tray cloths and coasters, and added pages from an old book. For the blossoms I used my own dyed fine cotton, that I coloured with Inktense pencil. I added the petal shapes with contrast machine stitching. The leaves, stems and flowers were all bonded to the background and machine stitching used to secure the outlines. I used machine stitching in white and cream, to quilt the piece, and used leaf and blossom shapes for the quilting pattern. I added a few beads and French knots to detail the inside of the open blossom.
The main problem that I has with this piece was that because the background was ‘lumpy’ (because of the nature of the vintage lace), the plumpness of the blossoms was slightly lost when the piece was ironed, and the texture below them made an impression. I’ll remember this in the future!
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