This led to a day not only of creating this 12" x 12" work but also to a day of pure and simple playing. By the end of my play day I had come to a direction for the non related, large work that would evolve. That work will need to be shown later. This post will show the process of how this particular piece evolved.
I first backed the small swath of voile fabric with water soluble stabilizer, inserted it into an embroidery hoop, lifted the free motion foot, put the embroidery hoop under the needle and started stitching with a narrow zigzag stitch. Much to my surprise, a figure evolved.
By this time I was unwilling to stick it in a drawer as an exercise. I liked it and needed to make it permanent so I laid the stitched voile fabric atop batting and white, cotton backing fabric and set about quilting the piece. The quilting reflected the black stitched bamboo shape.
And here it is--"Reflection"--playtime that opened mental doors.
Always give yourself time to play.
It's good for the mind and body and creates a fertile ground for creativity.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.
Sometimes wonderful things happen.