The decision/realisation that the ‘compass’ block was not going to be an integral part of the story cloth as a whole has freed me. I kept trying to make it fit as the first block, but no matter where I placed it, it wasn’t working – I could not see a way forward. I shall probably attach it to the finished cloth as an external starting point, which, in fact, is what it is. Now I have begun on the story proper.
This first piece is Willow, after her initial day of travelling from the Guild Hall, asleep atop the hill. The background fabric felt right as the swirling nature of it represents the feel of sleep, perhaps too, dreaming. I appliquéd the pillow first, then her face which was made and stitched separately to the whole. I made a sketch of her sleeping bag, transferred that onto tea-dyed cotton and appliquéd that onto the ground. Once this was basted into place, I overstitched the whole. I wanted the sleeping-bag to look like a cocoon – symbolic of the stage she is now in.
Here she is:
I am so much happier now as I can already see how the cloth can grow in line with the story. Onwards 🙂