Mary Tyler, To the Circle of Friends
When I started this piece, my thoughts revolved around the notion that eleven other Westies members would take this work and improvise from it. Therefore, it had to have enough content to inspire very different artists.
I like adding complexity on top of pattern on top of color. I also love circles and cutouts, so I started there. I wanted to have layers of pattern and color, weaving in and out of the 12” square.
Next came the dyed cheesecloth cut into circles and hand stitched on top of everything else. It is a little over the top but it did provide enough food for thought for my partners in this enterprise.
Materials: cotton, cheesecloth and perle cotton
Techniques: dye, piece, appliqué, machine and hand stitch
When I looked carefully at each segment of the Westies Cycle, I couldn’t bare to cut them into 12.5” squares And they did vary in size. So I decided to back them and fold back the excess and hand stitch it down. That way, if necessary, each piece can be returned to its original shape. Then, I attached them after the manner of English Paper Piecing. When they began to be assembled into strips, they looked like banners. I thought that was a very fitting image to celebrate our 18 months of hard work.