And this is the mini jacket – all dry and quite solid now. The cotton lawn has worked extremely well – it is fine but came with quite a firm finish so it sewed well, but this washed out to leave a soft more fluid fabric ( before I glued it into rigidity of course). The only problem is finding where I got it from and getting more of the same quality! The jacket is almost too nice, it is impersonal – the complete opposite to the initial concept. Hmmm….. pondering required.
As a sort of spin off from this project the landscapes are going all dangly and flimsy.
I am working on muslin in 2m x 50cm lengths. These will be hung horizontal with one or two banner trees hanging vertically. This is a vague plan. I have toyed with this for a long time, but now it seems to be happening. I have one main panel with a skeleton of a landscape in grey quickly mapped out, and a second in half tones with a scatter of bare elder trees. These are propped across a pair of builder’s trestles at present, taking up half the work room so access is entertaining ( under the table route was favourite yesterday).
This is very much the start, there are many elements to play with – fabric density, stitch style, colour and density, content and composition, and then hanging.
I like the muted effects when this is back lit. In the sun this morning, the darker back layer is casting delicate shadows on the front panel. The straight stitch areas are much harder and more defined than the zigzag lines. The shadows are an unexpected bonus. It is like a misty/foggy morning when everything is in soft silhouette and fades a way to nothingness. The layers reversed are far too harsh. If this degree of subtlety can be achieved with 2 sketched and incomplete layers just think what could be achieved with some careful thought and planning. At the moment I am intending to work some more dtails on the front panel and block in more on the main panel in the half tone thread. There are the vertical hanging pieces to be attempted as well. Should they be dominant foreground features, between the panels or behind? The muslin is up for attack as well. By taking out weft threads it should become more cobwebby and reveal more of the layers behind.
I have no idea if this will work. It may be a grower, taking time and many nibblings before it takes on its mature form, or end up in the bin.