Construction

I’ve been working on piecing a background for the yellow/gold patchwork circle. Like ‘Contemplation’, this background is layered and pieced: nine squares stitched together, seams on the right side. This time I’m covering the seams with a semi-sheer ribbon, so that if you look very closely, you can see through to where the seam lines are.

This solves the practical problem of having raw seams on the back, which would make a separate backing cloth necessary, but it also makes a decorative feature of the seams themselves. I like to see how something is constructed, which is why I also like to look at the back of work.

I’m couching some of the black and cream silk yarn along the centre of the seams, as well as round the edge of the circle. More on this in the coming days.

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9 Responses to Construction

  1. aracne says:

    very clever and very beautiful, your work makes me full of admiration.

  2. Linda D. says:

    Loving how you show the construction of a piece – as someone interested in perhaps doing my own cloth or small quilt I’m finding the details fascinating. Beautiful work, too. Thank you.

  3. Rachel says:

    Very neat, simple details like the couched yarns are just enough to add a little emphasis without taking over the piece.

  4. Janice says:

    Great idea! So you’re applying some of the sheer ribbon to the front of the piece as well?

  5. arlee says:

    magnificent detailing idea

  6. Jan Marriott says:

    love the simplicity of your work, Karen….why gild the lily?

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