|"Wishes and Dreams"|
|I like it turned 90 degrees as well.|
Whenever I pick up one of those huge old needlework books, I start dreaming of going through and trying out every single technique in the book. So for this theme, I decided to make part of that dream come true, and incorporate a technique that was new to me.
The image I was trying to achieve was that of a colorful net floating over a quilt -- beautiful threads coming together into small blocks of cloth, then stretching away as individual warps and wefts. I chose satiny pale gold and blue knitting yarns, and multicolor rayon boucle yarns. From Lace in the Making, first published in 1923, I adapted a pattern to create a piece of large-scale bobbin lace.
|Beginning the bobbin lace squares.|
As I worked, I realized this lace complemented the silk quilt I did for our Texture challenge, so I used that as the base quilt. That might seem like it was cheating, but I spent at least 15 hours on the bobbin lace, and many more hours stitching it down, and adding silk strips, beads, and couching as well, so I hope that it is okay, at least this once.
|This was my piece for the Texture theme, but I always felt like it needed something more.|
|The bobbin lace floating over the quilt to provide more interesting texture and color interaction.|
I do think the bobbin lace piece would look good on a whole-cloth base as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed being absorbed in this process!
You can read more about my artistic inspirations and the steps in making this piece, on my blog Deep in the Heart of Textiles.