Eke Krug – C

C from Couching

Inspiration: Upcycle, making something new from a piece that exists. In this series six art-quilts are made from one old damask tablecloth, and the coronavirus creeps in.

For the third piece of my Upcycle series of six, with the letter C I choose Couching.            In couching, one or more threads are laid on the fabric surface and sewn to the fabric Wikipedia says. In my piece, I used threads and pieces of fabric, all set in place by hand stitching with both blanket stitch and running stitch.

C is also from Corona, the virus that slipped in in my second piece of the series. And while couching my threads to the fabric, I realize that this technique has also a connection with the virus, or, to specify it, to the consequences that it brings in our lives. The measures taken by our governments, to combat the virus, lead us and our behavior in ways we could not have thinked about before. I tried to show some of it in my work.

At the bottom of my piece, where I started and got the insight, there are straight lines, in different colours. They represent the way we lived and walked close together. Corona rules teach us, to keep distance, you see it happen between my lines. The part above the lines shows the virus that infects surfaces. The curved lines refer to the graphs our daily live is filled with. And in the top of the piece, circles symbolizes the virus itself, floating around and always present.

Materials: Damask tablecloth – iron and tea for dyeing – organza silk – pieces of hand dyed cotton and linen fabric – cotton sewing thread – cotton, silk and linen threads – 20/80 batting – cotton backside

Techniques: Couching – hand stitching


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  1. carolinehiggs

    What a really original way of explaining the effects of the virus; the work itself is unusual as well. I really like the way it all comes together with your choice of colours.

  2. An unusual and very original quilt. Love the background fabric and the round shapes that seem to float and give the quilt its special effects.

  3. I like the idea to experiment another technique in each quilt, it is like a surprise each time we have a reveal ! I am less convinced by the presence of Corona as I think it took all the space in our lives already.

  4. Maryte Collard

    I’ve been waiting to see what you would come up with this time and and not disappointed! Different technique but works very well with your previous pieces.

  5. It is very interesting to see how corona slipped into your work and all of a sudden completely overtook the piece. Lovely hand stitching as always.

  6. I love how you have interpreted this theme with circles. The irregularity of each unit and the detail you have added keeps one’s eye moving throughout the piece. Nicely done.

  7. joanbrailsford

    I like the modern interpretation of the couching technique that you have achieved with this piece, and the fact that you have incorporated in such a subtle way, the virus and the way it has changed. Congratulations on another interesting piece

  8. You have elevated the technique of couching to a different level, well done.

  9. Love your idea for this project, can’t wait to see the whole series!

  10. I like the colours here and the way you have you have used couching to such great effect.

  11. Such a nice way to use a modern kind of couching. This will be a lovely series.

  12. A very well thought out and well planned design that is beautifully executed!

  13. studiociboulette

    Beautiful colors and technique. I love the originality of your piece and the composition is very nice. Fantastic…

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