Type of item: Home Decor
Mostly cottons, some hand dyed, some Oakshott.(UK) but also overlaid with some sheers, organza etc
What was your inspiration?
I like to take my inspiration from landscapes and special places and think about the traditional culture or designs. This monument near Stavanger in Norway commemorates `Peace and Unity after a battle of the Viking tribes saw them united. I started this project after starting on Joen's course and took my colours from nature and the pictures I had of a visit there.. I have been trying to work out what colour plan it is, as it goes from blue to yellow on the colour scale and includes some of those in between. Does that mean is it analgous?
It also goes from light to dark with some mid tones. Joen, your lessons really make me think about what I have done in this and other quilts.I think with hindsight the black of the swords is too black and a dark plum or brown may have been better.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the way the reflections worked and my free machine quilting round the ghost viking ship and the viking shields at the top
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Simplify the landscape to emphasis the main focus and audition as many fabrics as possible to get the colour effects you want. Too often we make do with something that is not quite right. An alternative to buying or dyeing new is to take some fabric pens or crayons, or fabric paints and make some wavy lines or vague pattern on a piece of fabric that is near to what you want to alter the way it "reads". You don't have to re-colour the whole thing, even spots will make it read darker, greyer or different.