Finally, I'm back at the frame working on my next crazy quilt block.
This piece is going to have a lot of three-dimensional work so I need the wall to stand up in the composition against all of that work.
I also needed to stitch my crazy quilt seams. My dilemma...how do I stitch the seams without them overwhelming the wall?
Ideally, the seams drop to the background and the wall comes to the foreground.
I tried a number of different ideas. First, I used smaller size thread and smaller-scale seam treatments. That helps to some degree...
The second technique I tried, was fading the seam treatments out as they approached the concrete blocks of the wall.
I first learned this idea from Japanese embroidery. See the cord fade out in the example below...
Now I'm back to work trying to figure out a few tricks to better define the wall and bring it further to the foreground. That mirror still needs work too but what to do hasn't quite come to me yet.
Have a great day.