Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Weekly Square #20

Somehow I’ve missed a week with my journal squares.

I knew I had skipped week 17 because I need to scan in a couple of pics for it. Yesterday, I went to do that and realized one of pics wasn’t where I thought it was, and I didn’t have the energy to look for it.

Instead, I decided to work on last week’s square, but then I realized I missed week 19. So, that’s two weekly journal squares I owe myself, not counting this week’s. Confused? Yes, me too.

ANYWAY, here’s 6"x6" weekly journal square #20 for July 5-11:


This piece started with a watercolor I painted last week. I scanned it into the computer, then printed it onto Lesley Riley’s TAP transfer paper. I ironed that onto muslin, then fused the image to hand-dyed fabric. I added a layer of batting to the back, then embroidered around the edge of the image. I cut away the extra batting on the back, added another layer of batting and more hand-dyed fabric for the backing, then quilted the square with invisible thread (I wished afterwards that I had used the smoke thread so it wouldn't be so bright). Finally, I zigzag stitched around the edge to finish the square.

Influences for this week’s square: like Weekly Square #16, I think this one reflects my anxiety/uncertainty/curiosity about what lies ahead. I like the juxtaposition between the right side (closed, interior) and the left side (open, exterior) of the painting, although I can’t really articulate the meaning of that.

Next on the agenda: backing up and creating the missing weekly journal squares. Fortunately, I’ve written notes every week for what I want the squares to reflect, so I have a place to start.