This is the deconstruction post for my recent Four-in-Art Challenge of Shimmer.
First off: what a lame title. I had another name picked for this (“Multiverse Snapshot”) which is a much cooler name, but I’d forgotten that I had chosen it, and instead on the label put this blathery clichéed title. Now that you know how I really feel about it, I’ll tell you how I put this together. (And no, I’m not making another label.)
I wanted to recreate the little specks of light from Multiverse (see previous post), so cut strips of silvery metallic fabric. This is leftover fabric from my friend Lisa’s American Flag project (a flag the size of a basketball court); she rescued me when I couldn’t find my own lamé in my sewing room. Just for the record, that stuff is a challenge to work with: the strands kept going off on their own, as you can see above.
I wanted the vantage point to be off the piece, so I drew a dot on a post-it note off the paper, but when that didn’t prove to be a far enough vantage point, I went further to the left, making the radiating lines in red pencil.
I had some strips of solids leftover from this quilt, and put them into use.
After sandwiching the silver/black fabric, I cut it into narrow strips.
I seamed a couple of those strips end-to-end, laid the resulting longer strip in the center, and chose a bright solid to lead off the piece, and stitched down one side. I went back and forth between doing this piece in a series of gray and black fabrics vs. rainbow, but knew that I didn’t have a wide enough range to get the effect of Multiverse, so changed it up to a muted rainbow.
I pinned it on, flipped it over and sewed on the drawn lines, for the most part. Sometimes I went narrower, but used these lined to keep the correct angle going.
A good beginning. You can see by the red cast of this photograph that I’m sewing at night.
A lot of times I’m tired at the end of the day and don’t want to sew, but then I say: “What do I want to have done before I go to bed tonight?” and head back into the sewing room. Often just working for ten or so minutes will engage me enough to keep going at it for at least an hour.
I was feeling a lot of pressure to get this sewn up ahead of time, because I knew that I would have had a surgery when this posted (it happened about a week ago: a repair to a severed tendon on my rotator cuff) and I knew I’d be unable to complete this, or any sewing at all, for some time.
But hopefully it will be good to get the pain gone (cause is referenced here) and my shoulder back in working condition.
I almost like the back better than the front. If I had any creative guts at all, I would have gone with this. My professor in my digital art class once told me: “You have a problem with tidiness in your art.” Yep, I’m all about the tidiness, as long as you don’t look at my garage. Or sewing room.
I stitched around the outside edge to stabilize it, and went to bed.
After thinking it over and drawing all sorts of fantastical loopy lines on scratch paper, I went linear, quilting on the cottons, not that silvery shredding lamé.
I backed it with this new piece of fabric, “Dropping Seeds” by Roseanne Morton. Okay, I want this fabric in ALL colors; it’s terrific. I chose a simple black very narrow binding, and did my usual two squares-folded-on-the-diagonal-and-sewn-into-the-top-corners for how I’ll hang it. (I put a dowel cut to size in those “pockets” and suspend the piece on a pushpin or nail.) Happy Shimmering!
Next quarter’s challenge, due May 1st, is Light in the Darkness.
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(I’ve had my rotating cuff operation. improves a lot, but does not solve… :))
Absolutely beautiful. I share your love of the back – all that colour and so much texture.
Elizabeth, this is amazing! It took a min for me to see that it is lying flat on the wall. It looks convex in the photo…as you intended, I’m sure.
wow! super cool! thanks for the break-down… always helpful! have a nice day & a speedy recovery! 🙂
I have use lame’ in the past and I found that ironing on tricot interfacing gives the lame’ some weight and makes it much easier to work with. Of course, you have to use a lower temperature on the iron and not hit the lame’ directly with the iron or it will shrink even more or melt. I like your use of the lame’ in your piece.
Great job with the construction! Lame is a royal pain to sew with its fraying and ease of scorching. It really adds to the piece. That was a great challenge.
So many take-aways here!!! I love both the back view and your backing fabric made me swoon when I first saw it — now to find! Working with any of the “dressy glammy fabrics” is always a pain and I avoid unless there is just no good alternative – cudo’s for your persistence! And finally, all the rays reminds me of the “bleeding heart” ombre I did in November – do you remember helping me through that one? Great job, Ms. E, and now we’re on to the next challenge.
Thanks for sharing the process, Elizabeth! Hope you have a speedy recovery from the surgery.
Thanks for sharing your process; it’s really interesting to see and read how this shimmering piece evolved. I too wondered whether I liked the back, not more, but as much as the front. It had an industrial feel to it. I like the idea of going to your sewing room for just ten minutes and find, once started, you’re there for an hour- much like exercise! As I said in another comment to a Four-inArt group member, I’m glad I bailed when I did- this yearly theme would have had me stressing and devoid of ideas! But my friend you always manage to rise to the challenge! Thinking of you as you recover from your surgery.
I guess I am alone. The back has no appeal to me, and if I can’t be neat and be an artist, I’ll not be an artist. I am so glad you went with color. Gray would have replicated the photo; color makes a piece that is your art. I also love the motion; it definitely moves toward that disappearing point off the “canvas.”
Like you, “neat” does not apply to sewing room, apartment, or kitchen.
As always, I love following your thought as you create something. I’d consider this one an unqualified success! Although I do love the back, as well. Both backs, that is. Gonna have to keep an eye out for that seed fabric!
I love your little quilt! Thanks for sharing your process.
Sorry to be late to the party on this one Elizabeth! It was worth the wait though- a really effective interpretation of both the theme and your inspiration. Well done!
Oh my goodness! Who wouldn’t want to be pulled into that tunnel? Your perseverance with the lame` must have come from a solid vision of what you wanted to create, and it really works. Wow!
In your first post I didn’t realize the type of material used. Such a good choice even though it was messy to work with. I really like the back too. So much work for such a small piece but sooo worth all the effort. The straight line quilting was the right choice too. Well done . . . again as always. : )