North Wind by Anita Eaton
This quilt came about as a challenge in our small art quilt group. The subject was wind. I chose to do the North Wind because it had been a frequent part of the many fairy tales I heard and read as a child. I researched some legends about the north wind and looked for images on the Internet. I was surprised to see how similar the Nordic and Roman images were. I selected and combined a number of ideas to come up with the image.
I researched some legends about the north wind and looked for images on the Internet. I was surprised to see how similar the Nordic and Roman images were. I selected and combined a number of ideas to come up with the image.
The quilt started as white quilting on white fabric. I found that there was not enough contrast to see the image unless it was being viewed from a couple of feet away. Back to the drawing board, almost literally, I got out my colored pencils to add a bit more contrast.
That wasn't enough!
I got out my paint brushes and some iridescent acrylic paints and added some more shading and a bit of sparkle. Things were looking better.
The next step was snowflakes to dance on the wind. Using iridescent glass beads I stitched a variety of snowflakes keeping the scale smallish to fit the wind pattern. I had tried snowflake buttons, but the scale was wrong and I wanted the sparkle of the beads. Starting to think I am on the right track with the beaded snowflakes. The question then is how many.
Ultimately, I also added single beads to represent either frost or smaller snowflakes.
This is the finished piece.
This process is the same approach I take for my Celebrations class. I start with an idea and build on it to create the finished project. There are so many things to try that sometimes it may be overwhelming that is why I set up online workshop to help others overcome the hurdles with tips, suggestions and how-tos. You can find out more about my class here... Celebrations
PS: For the convenience of those who don't need the one-to-one guidance Anita gives in her workshop, Anita has made this class available as a pdf e-book. You can now purchase this book here: Anita's Celebrations E-book