At this late date it seemed a bit risky to add a strong new design element to this quilt, but I thought, "What the heck?" H would always tell me, "Go for it, Girly! What are you afraid of?"
So I took that row of blue detached chain stitches that surrounded the outside of the frame and...er...went for it.
I did some needleweaving through the chainstitches using tatting thread, hand-dyed 4 mm silk ribbon, hand-dyed silk floss, and some nasty orange rayon multi-plyed thread. Nasty because rayon like this is tough to work with normally, but using it as a weft in needle-weaving was fine.
The addition of that line of scalloped beads was the risk. I was worried they would be too dominant. But this quilt has so much busyness going on that it just swallowed this chunky frame of beads with a small lady-like burp.
Here's an overall shot so you can see what I mean. It's not overpowering at all, just defines and accentuates the center a bit more.
I'm at a good stopping point on the H quilt for a little while, though. The reason is this:
An Epson R1800 13" widebed printer. My son's friend's dad is lending it to me, as he has upgraded to a higher end printer for his fine art photography.
Would you look at those extra colors and even an additional black?
I've been busy bugging the experts on Yahoo's inkjetfabricprinting list (such wonderful, helpful people)....and learned that even though you don't need Bubblejetset to make the pigment based inks that Epson uses permanent, it can help create a slightly crisper image. We are all about getting that crisp image.
The fabrics are flat silk crepe and a cotton sateen from Dharma, and an interesting cotton/silk blend from Blueprints on Fabric. So it's back to fabric printing funnies for me! I'll keep you posted as to how it goes....