My rhythm piece for Elizabeth’s master class has evolved painfully. Despite its plainness, I spent a lot of time to try out several half baked ideas and come up with this.
This month’s effort is more done with fabric markers and fabric stickers than cut fabric. I wrote the Morse code of “A line is a dot that went for a walk” three times on the zigzag fabric, following the zigs and zags at the breaks between words. It was too long (and I didn’t have enough fabric) to do this as a straight line. I used orange, rosy red and purple markers. My original plan to do this as satin stitch was scrapped once I saw how puckered up my sample was even with backing and how my machine couldn’t make the stitch as wide as I wanted.
Then, I filled in with circles cut out of Zen Chic fabric and fused to Wonder Under. The top group of circles follows a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 grouping to suggest how a bunch of dots become a line. The bottom group uses the different circle sizes to suggest the spoken rhythm – a LINE is a DOT that went for a WALK a LINE is a DOT.
I plan to do linear quilting in the non circle areas, echoing the zigzags. Any suggestions for more/different quilting is appreciated. At present the only permanent part of my piece is the Morse code.
I think it’s a great idea and it looks good. what’s so nice about it is the very clear structure…that looks simple until you get closer and then you realise all the complexity of it. I’d love to see the idea too on a plain background….the Zen Zags are very strong…so I do hope you repeat it some time…
you could do the code in big white stitches on black – say linen – which is a pretty open weave and not too difficult to needle – similar to Dorothy Caldwell’s xantha (might have the incorrect word here but it’s something like it!) stitching.
The sparkly fabric of the green dots works well too and I do like the way you’ve lightened the tops to give a sense of volume…that works very well…it all adds up to the meaning but it all goes together very well too. I can’t see any changes necessary! And yes, keep the quilting very simple, you really don’t want to distract from what’s already there.