Eke Krug – Flight

Beyond the boundary

Flight, a word or term that has many possibilities, not an easy direction to choose, so I was wandering around in circles for a while… which way to go? And then I unpacked one of my ecoprint bundles, and the answer was there. We have a big bush in the garden which I do not know by name and this was the first time I had used the leaf of it. I combined it with onion skins and didn’t know what to expect. At first I thought it was disappointing, only one leaf showed up, and the onion skins of course. During the cooking process the piece of silk was folded in two and I boiled it in a  blue-woad bath which gives a purple color to the silk. On the fold of the fabric, little bits of purple were shown, that remind me of barbed wire, but with openings in it.

The whole setting looks like the leaf has escaped the chaos below. This could be a thought, an idea, a refugee or just a leaf, passing the boundary, a philosophical way to explain the theme. Just one piece of silk, and the whole scene on it, the only thing I had to do was stitch it. Two blue pieces of silk are added with raw edge applique with a woolen thread. And I did, hand-stitched for six days to complete it, it was too hot for being in the sewing room with my sewing machine.

Materials: silk – copper thread and metallic gold thread – cotton, silk and woolen threads – 80/20 batting – cotton on the backside

Techniques: ecoprint and hand sewing


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  1. Amazing handwork! Love your interpretation of a theme too.

  2. Maryte Collard

    our idea of the flight is very deep. So much texture! Truly love your stitching!

  3. Maryte Collard

    Sorry, I lost the first letter! YOUR idea, not OUR 🙂

  4. It is incredible how you have written a story with your stitches ! it is a beautiful interpretation and the density of your stitches is amazing.

  5. Your eco-dying has given a wonderful background for this work, which the ideas behind the theme are well thought out. As always your hand stitching is wonderful and gives real depth and interest to the work. Lovely

  6. Interesting and profound interpretation of the theme. The result is amazing. Your magnificent hand-stitching brings out, even more, the beautiful work of eco print. Really well done. I love it.

  7. Great piece of work and I love your interpretation. The stitching is fantastic.

  8. studiociboulette

    fantastic! your stitching is exquisite and creates a wonderful atmosphere in your quilt. beautiful

  9. It has atmosphere and softness and movement. I also appreciated your explanation. It helped me understand your intent and then I really liked it. The hand stitching really adds.

  10. I love how your eco-dying came out and the stitching really complements it in a wonderful way.

  11. I love the texture, depth and interest you created with your beautiful and intricate hand stitching on the abstract eco print. Flight, escaping, rising above … well thought out!

  12. I like your eco dying and the hand stitching is very well.

  13. An interesting interpretation of the theme. I love the density and detail in your stitching.

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