Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Rug is Done!

I did not mean to leave such a brief entry yesterday but life got in the way. I finished quilting Persephone's Rug for the Underworld just now- it measures 42 inches by 65 inches ( 100cm x 165 cm) and took a lot of quilting. The background fabric is damask tabelcloth which I dyed and I really like the texture that appeared- it is much more textured than with the normal cotton I use. The downside of this was, that it did stretch a little because of the coarser weave so my hands are sore from trying to stretch the fabric so I did not get bad puckers. The quilting took longer as a result.

And thank you for the feedback on teaching notes- I like the idea of leaving gaps so people can make their own notes. And yes the washing line is colourful at times. Before we had the washing line we had a fence across the middle of the block and I used to hang the cloth on that- peoople could see it from the road as they drove by somepeople used to slow down to look to see what all that colour was. I called it my mini Christo fence in multicolour. I also dyed the small dam we have at the front of the block red once. I accidentally poured a bucket with dye that had not been used into the sand filter I use to filter the dyewater through. And no the frogs didn't turn red and it didn't seem to affect them either even though the dam was bright red for a couple of days.

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15 comments:

Felicity said...

The texture looks fabulous in this piece!

smarcoux said...

wow Dijanne NOW THATS QUILTING... I bet that took hours.
The technique I am using is the one from Margaret Talbot and is a back issue of workshop on the web.
Sandy

joyce said...

I LOVE that quilting and the fabric is great too. Are you using a regular machine with a free-motion foot or a long arm?
Joyce

Liz said...

Wow, I love this! And the texture really enhances it - so the sore hands were worth it!

teri springer said...

It is truly spectacular. The colors, the glow, the texture. You have outdone yourself. And cutting out the Poms and putting them on the hand-dyed was perfect.

teri

Judy Scott said...

This is beautiful work and such glorious jewel colours. Judy x

Micki said...

This is so amazingly beautiful. I love all of the quilting on this and your pomegranites turned out great.

Ali Honey said...

Wow, that's beautiful work! Looks good enough to eat. Congratulations...never mind the pain. Alison.

Omega said...

I find this piece has a kind of ominous feel to it, with the 'seed' shape quilting so appropriate. It fits its name so well.

Helen Suzanne said...

stunning! thank you for sharing.

sharonb said...

I am just catching up on my blog reading - thanks for posting this I love the colours of this piece and the texture created by the close quilting

its a beautiful piece

Intuitive Textile Journeys said...

I too got caught up with whisperings about pomegranate lore and the beauty of this piece of art.

In search of my tales of Persphone and Pomegranates, Walking in this World by Julia Cameron (The Artists Way) fell off the shelf and opened upon restelessness. How connected things are – lead me on pomegranate to dabble in the stillness of the subconscious so the expansiveness will pop to the surface.

In the language of flowers the Pomegranate fruit represents foolishness while the flower is the symbol of elegance and maturity. In the Tarot the fruit symbolises fertility, passivity, and receptivity. The veil, between the consciousness and the inner self, the world and the underworld, shown behind the High Priestess is laden with Pomegranate fruit. We must pass through the veil for the inner mind to be opened and awakened to the invisible realms. Pay attention, a facet of yourself as yet unknown is trying to make itself known to you. Inspiration will be a direct experience.

It is Autumn, Persephone is about to return to Pluto the God of the underworld. She returns to the underworld to create with Pluto the underground powers that prepare the earth for the fertility of spring. The Pomegranate is the symbol of the union between the seed and the earth; the union between Pluto and Persephone. The inspiration of the next spring of creativity is the facet about to be revealed to you if you dip behind the veil and enter the realm of receptivity.

(Ref: Greek Mythology and Religion by Maria Mavromataki, Pub: Haitalis, Athens;
Walking in This World, Julia Cameron, Pub: Rider Books)

Elle said...

Oooooo...Persephone's fantastic! Love all of the texture!

margaret said...

Resonant ... and gorgeous!

MargaretR said...

oh, Dijanne. Your work keeps on getting better and better. Thanks for sharing.