Joan Brailsford – Rhythm and Blues

The title came to me first, and rather than over-think it, I wanted to have fun with this piece,  so I decided on a simple design. I worked the piece over the holiday period, and was feeling very laid back when I did it, so I wanted to reflect this feeling in the piece.

My husband plays guitar, and I wanted to include a representation of that. I chose fabric for the guitar which matched the colour of his own, and scaled down the dimensions exactly.  The guitar is always propped up against a wall somewhere in our house, so I missed out the top of the neck, and set it off-centre to make the design more informal – as if someone had just laid it down and left the room.
The strings, frets and decoration are couched threads.

I wanted to set this against a simple background of blue, and since I think of the USA being the roots of this type of music, I wanted to hint at the Stars and Stripes. I therefore pieced strips of blue fabric of varying shades, and using simple running stitches in toning threads to quilt these, and a few star-shaped buttons to complete.

I know that the stripes and running stitches aren’t exactly straight, but I decided not to be too precious about this, because it echoes the easy way I felt when I was creating this piece, and the slightly ‘folksy’ way I think about Rhythm and Blues music.

rhythm & blues

Close Up:

rhythm & blues - close up2

  1. The detail of the guitar is terrific, Joan. 🙂

  2. Great work Joan and a great idea for Rhythm. Cheers

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