This is the 2nd piece for the Fiber Arts Coalition “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” Exhibit. I finished beading it just before Fabrications but life kept getting in the way of getting a halfway decent photo.
This was the first idea that I came up with when I read the poem. I sketched it out and it was originally going to be fairly large with my hand-dyed fabric as a whole-cloth background and the branches appliqued. The blowing leaves were going to be batik and/or lutrador. But somehow I never could get going on this.
Fast-forward to the fascination with the free-piecing technique. I sized it down and finally got the nerve to cut into the hand-dyed fabric. Now I much prefer the look of the background broken up and randomly pieced. I hit a speed bump when it came time for the leaves until I remember: beads!