Friday, April 30, 2010

The Vagabond King, and Perpetual Motion.

Just a quick update on the 'quilty thing', because at the moment I'm working on this painting (below) in order to finish it in time to drop it off at a local exhibition/competition on Sunday morning!  It was called "I do not believe perpetual motion is impossible" for no good reason other than the fact that I'd scribbled this sentence on a scrap torn out of an old diary, had it pinned up on my corkboard for ages, and on a whim decided to stick it onto this large collagey thing.  LOVE the colours that I got with this piece, the photo doesn't quite do it justice, they really glow.  But otherwise, not that interesting really.  So I'm doing things with it...have to wait and see!

Now, where am I with the 'quilty thing' aka "Travelling Robe for a Vagabond King"?  Well, I had to change the name slightly to enter it into an art award because the entry form stipulated that the title had to be 25 characters or less!  So, for that competition at least, it's now called "Travel Robe for a Ragged King"...exactly 24 characters, but we all know what its real name is!  I finally finished the large circle and trimmed it off.  Here it is spread out on the family room mat.

Then I ummed and ahhhed about what to put it on.  I was going to put it on a dark blue heavy cotton, and then make the other side (or front of the robe) the same fabric (which if you're using it as a mat, would be the side you put on the ground, therefore needed to be tough and not too fancy).  But decided the colour didn't quite work.

So I decided to experiment and change it.  A bit of.....hmmm, reverse dyeing?  So twisted it from the centre point and dumped it into some household bleach.  I really like how it turned out, but still not working for me as the back to the circles.  Oh well, I'll use it for something else!

So had a rethink and decided red might be the way to go!  Yep, I think that's better.

So I'm sewing this down, and just started some quilting stitch on the inner gold circle.  Lots to do!


Late note:  It's a funny thing, but as soon as I neatly hemmed the big circle...I didn't like it as much, it had lost its magic.  Oh here we go again, the 'beauty of the ragged edge...'!

3 comments:

A Nonymous...e said...

yes Ms Cairns (always respectful to my elders) the red looks good. better get a wriggle on to have it done by sunday!
:)

A mermaid in the attic said...

Harrumph...I'm going to tease you mercilessly when it's your birthday! Quilt doesn't need to be finished by this Sunday, the painting 're-do' does...which means I still better get a wriggle on! ;-)

Jessie said...

I LOVE the painting!! Oh those colours I could EAT!! As if that wasn't enough, then you show your quilty thing and OMG it's perfect I LOVE it too! Ok, I'll calm down now ;)xx

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