There has been much progress, but there is still an enormous amount of work yet to be done. I had no idea when we started that this would be such a huge project. We have had a couple of work sessions recently, but it seemed then that there wasn’t much to write about, not much to show. Most of it was decision-making, and pattern-making for the quilting. We decided on a border color, but didn’t have enough fabric. Later, a piece of cotton was custom-dyed to a lovely ochre color to use for a border. It was set aside to dry while we attended to the quilting of the horse. We did some shopping for ribbons and cord. As the image was worked on, many of the small fused-on pieces loosened, and had to be reattached. We carefully pinned into place the new braids, ribbon, and bits and pieces into place. The horse was sewn down to the backing. Quilting him before putting the “sandwich” together will keep him flatter and not too puffy and “cute”.
The border was attached. Somehow, it seemed to make the whole image look smaller. I guess putting a frame around it makes it look less expansive. The white horse really pops out, and hovers above, not touching the ground. I designed lettering for the saint’s name, and my homework assignment this week is to do some practice stitchery before we attempt the real thing. It will be a sort of embroidery, done by hand. We worked on patterns for quilting on St. George’s armor, and in the background. Most of the pieces will be sewn with a satin stitch all around the edges. This is how St. George’s cloth icon looked as of August 12.
We speculate about what to do with this icon once it is complete. Neither of us actually has a clue, but it seems to big of a project to keep in the closet. We even thought of entering it in the local Mayor’s Art Show next summer. I wonder how it would be received there. What do you think?
Any suggestions, anybody?