Joan Brailsford – Country – Emblems
Inspiration: My chosen country’s flag, and its national bird
The country I have chosen is one that I visited many years ago, and would dearly love to visit again. During this year’s challenge I hope to feel as though I have visited ‘virtually’ again, by looking again at all aspects of the country.
The dipper is my chosen country’s national bird. It is found in uplands where there are fast-running streams, and it seeks its food by walking underwater on the river beds. Before submerging it perches on rocks in the middle of the rushing water, and it gets its name by the way it bobs up and down as it waits. In addition to the bird, I have used the colours and configuration of one quadrant of the country’s flag to design the layout of the quilt.
I used white polycotton as my base fabric, and used transfer paints on the same fabric type to create the colours and patterns of the red and blue sections. These were bonded to the base fabric leaving white borders to simulate the sections of the flag. I hand-stitched the shrub branches, the reeds and grasses and the ripples in the water. I appliqued the bird which made as a separate piece. Finally I used machine stitching to quilt the ‘sky’.
Have you guessed the country yet? The answer is below the pictures.
My country is ….. Norway