As the image shows I am still struggling with Value. Thus far in my own study I would say that value works best in strong contrast- or at least it is easier to see. Gradation limits the ability to see value, or perhaps that it is just more difficult to label. I can see that I really do not know what I am exploring. A good thing I think.
Nancy is still working away on the Blue Bird quilt for her Mom. She had concerns about her boarders. The striped boarder will be followed by a cream one. It is good to have folks to explore ideas with.
Progress Report: Five Jacks This work is 20” X 31”. It is stretched on bars that my friend Tanya gave me. The final work is pleasant and I enjoyed doing the piece a lot. Applying the jacks this week was fun. I added color to the body of the jack with water color pencils that I then heat set. Because I knew I was going to stretch this work from the start, I also used paper as part of the material in the background. The dark brown jacks were all created with a wide statin stitch. Wools, velvets and a rust dyed green silk scarf were also used in this piece.
Circle Challenge III This work is 16” X 19.5”. I only need to press and add the sleeve to this work and it will be complete. I like the horizontal hand work on this one. The beads add interest too I think.
Circle Challenge IV I am almost done with this piece too. I am back to quilting in the circular patterns in the background. I introduced a darker orange to the triangles as I needed a higher contrast.
Circle Challenge V I am changing things again with this work. Because I do not have any more of the light fabric that I used for the faced little circles, I tried using the dark orange that I used for triangles in number IV. I also dropped the triangles all together here. I am still machine appliqueing down the circles. The may move about yet.
Red study I got a book for Christmas called Stitch, fiber Metal &Mixed Media by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden. This is one of her exercises using mostly felting on red velvet. I am so rusty with the falter I broke three needles and did not have any replacements so I had to stop and order some new ones. I do like who it is going however.