Well, back to Glow. At the stage where I stopped my story last time, I had beaded the tiles on the sides, the top strip as well as the semi rounded section at the top of the quilt... Such diverse elements each on its own - I had to find a way to create unity between this lot otherwise all the hard work would have been in vain...
My initial idea was to make fabric beads to hang at the bottom as a fringe, also to hang a combination of fabric beads and patterned circles from the side panel tiles.... I however realized that I had to complete embellishing the centre panel first as that would dictate the embellishment and mood of the rest of the quilt. As I only used Lutradur in the top section of the quilt, I needed to repeat it in some other place. I had prepared a round piece of Lutradur when I iniatially prepared the pieces - it was so delicate and lacy and perfect in the end. I also felt that I needed to use the reddish purple centre panel as a backdrop for another element... I prepared a square piece of light purple silk and stitched the round piece of Lutradur to it and embellished it in the same way as the top section. Repeating the colours and techniques with these two sections created the desired unity. This square placed on point was hung from the top section with 5 beaded cords running through the piece and lying loose on the reddish purple background of the centre panel.
|Glow - embellished Lutradur section hanging from the top section lying loose on the centre panel.|
I also prepared two round cut out patterns in different sizes and finished it off similar to the tiles on the side panels and hung it from 3 beaded cords from the square on point. The colours, embellishing etc did the trick and pulled most of the elements together. I made various fabric beads and hung it at the bottom of the centre panel, combining the fabric beads with wooden, metal and biggish glass beads.
|Glow - Embellished centre panel.|
Another element which needed to be repeated somewhere was the very structured fabric beads which I placed around the curve on the top section.
|Fabric beads around curve of top panel, gold thread wrapped around beads...|