The Start of 2021

New Year’s Day.
14” x 23”
Background:

Commercial cotton I dyed in indigo.
Center: Silk Velvet I got in Italy from the weavers.
This piece represents my hope for the new year for me. Simple, clear, and calm; but interesting.


The original idea was to turn the nap of the white velvet 90 degrees to make the border show. If one stands at exactly this spot you can see it. The velvet pile is so short there is almost no difference in the direction of the nap.


You can see I didn’t catch that one square was turned the wrong way when I put it together. It only shows up when you stand in that certain place. When I was working on it, I kept trying to get them all lined up correctly.


I bought this small piece of white velvet and loved it because it was so silky-soft, but I could never find a way to use it. I think cutting it into squares helped make it more than just a scrap. I’m glad I didn’t lose it! I chose the blue velvet because it looked contemporary to me. I used every millimeter I had.


Front-on, no pattern can be seen.


5 thoughts on “The Start of 2021”

  1. Stunning representation of the emotional striving for hope and balance in the new year. The contrast of light is illustrated by the changing edges of the squares, the colors, and the texture. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Mary Ellen’s Best Press. I’m still experimenting. It’s not the end all be all. Try on the wrong side first. With a couple silks, it spotted.
      Peggy

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