I ‘wrote’ on the woven Journal Pages by couching cotton threads on top in cursive-like loops. Sometimes, I stitched with ecru thread, other times, red.
I fiddled with the sides by folding over the bottom floral — which I had placed right-side up, so as to have the more subtle wrong-side showing when folded over. On the left, though, I inserted a strip from another upholstery sample in order to pick up some of the warm tones of the sharpie and to define the edge a little more.
After the couching, I gessoed the piece, wrote on it with pen and pencil, and hand-stitched a few micro-bits of fabric. Then, I applied quite a lot of machine quilting in a basic grid, mostly, sometimes in a jagged, frantic tight mess, to look like another ‘woven’ strip.
I kept a lot of the quilted thread tails on, stitched them to the surface for some added ‘writing’.
Finally, I brushed some pigment (Pearl Ex super bronze by Jacquard) mixed with ModPodge lustre lightly over some areas and a little less lightly in others, mostly to give added dimension to some of the couched threads.
It’s almost done, I think. Not sure if I’ll do anything to further finish top and bottom edges. Maybe.
Purposefully, about the size of a piece of paper.
Many directions suggested by this initial 2010 Script Quilt — some suggested by talented readers. Thank you for the ideas… can’t wait to explore more!
And, now, back to the BIG PIECE which keeps getting BIGGER,
and to Danny, who feels punky today.
a good start for “writing”, very subtle, ghostly, between the lines
thanks arlee — interesting turn of phrase for now “between the lines” -= thanks for that, too.
I like it very much. It does feel like a beginning – the piece itself. It’s murky, it’s bubbling evenly. Looking at the earlier photo (is it the same quilt in an earlier phase?) I like the prominent verticals in the stitching. And the slanted horizontal shadow across the work, the darker splash across it… seems to allude to something. As though the script-quilt is a back drop – just my initial impression.
it’s funny you say that about ‘back drop’ Mag, b/c I’ve been wondering whether to cut out the middle and put something ELSE there — so that the piece becomes a mat board, really.
thanks for looking!
yes, i’m liking this and i do like the idea of using it as a “backdrop”.
I love the idea of writing on the top.
i wrote on the strips prior to weaving, and after, too…