Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Never Say Never!

Piece de Resistance

Despite once declaring otherwise, I was prompted to revisit the shibori-style stitch resist dyeing technique when it occured to me that the larch motif would make a splendid dandelion seed head. In another departure from my usual methods, this piece is hand quilted with concentric circles and radiating lines.

9 comments:

Nellie's Needles said...

Your translation seems so simply stated, but yet it's so complex.

StegArt said...

I love the shibori results and you are so right about 'never saying never'.

Helen Conway said...

I know it's shibori and perhaps I am reading into it too much becuase I know where you live but do you see Aborignal influences? Circles and wavy lines and simple symbols? Good on you for getting out of a comfort zone. (For the record, I really liked your pieced one too!)

Gerrie said...

I love shibori and never really thought of using it to represent the fluffy stage of the dandelion, but you and Francoise both did it, well.

Diane said...

Yes, I love how it's simple and yet so complex at the same time. The shibori detail is gorgeous -- I've yet to try this and I'm apprehensive, but heck, if this is what you produce when you're not crazy about the process? I'm game. When you're back, I'd love to see a detail shot that shows the quilting a bit more...

Nikki said...

I love the effect. It captures the seed head perfectly. This is a dandelion I would have an easier time living with.

Françoise said...

Simple and beautiful. You must have spent more time than me on the stitching stage before dyeing! The only thing I don't like about shibori is when you have to remove the threads...

Kristin L said...

This is the polar opposite of Nikki's quilt! Less is definitely more here. Although all that stitching probably doesn't feel like "less." I love the simplicity of this piece!

kirsty said...

Brenda, this is just lovely. Deceptive in terms of time and skill, I think! You must have a talent for precision to get such an even result.