I told you I was already working on the June Take It Further Challenge! And here it is, finished in record time. When the ideas start coming things start cooking. LOL!
By now you should know about the Take It Further stuff. This month's challenge was about "stash." You know, all that precious stuff we collect to use in our art and quilting. The stuff that will be perfect for the Great American Novel - er, Artwork - one of these days. Sharon stated that stashes often have a story to tell or they take on a story as they are used in a work of art.
I spent quite a bit of time thinking about my stash. I also asked some of my quilting and sewing friends about their stashes. Coincidentally, the topic came up in the Friends of Cloth Dolls group. Through these discussions I realized that quite often a person's stash tells a story about them. You can learn a lot of interesting things about someone by the words they use to describe their stash. I heard words like "wealth" and "abundance" which is not surprising. But I also heard Comfort, Joy, and Passion. On the flip side, I also heard Addiction, Compulsion, and Obsession. This is beginning to sound like the trailer for a scary movie! Which is when I knew what I was going to do.
I've been wanting to work with words for awhile now. So I started gathering the words that I was hearing - along with a pile of light colored ribbons. Some of the ribbon is translucent, which helped gell the design. I used my Bernina's alphabet stitching and stitched up a whole mess of ribbon! Then I laid them out on top of a piece of fusible webbing and wove in plain translucent ribbon and fused it all to a background. I then fused the letters on and added a border. I may do some quilting on it later, but then again it doesn't really need it. So maybe not.