Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Seabed Quilt

Detail: brown paper bags, tea bags, thread

Once you start stitching the ocean it becomes a happy compulsion. The original four panels of stitched wave patterns featured in an earlier post (Stitching the Ocean) expanded to eight new panels, and now they have merged together into a quilt. 

Seabed quilt

The recycled brown paper bags, once washed, crumpled and dried, take on a seductive texture, one that lends itself beautifully to stitching. As noted in the earlier post, the patterns are inspired by a turn-of-the-century Japanese book on wave and ripple designs (Hamonshu), and all thread ends are left dangling from the front of the piece because I love the end effect.

The only drawback to this piece is that the quilt as a whole is very tough to photograph. Enjoy the following detail photos.




Full quilt (2' x 2.75')


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