Every year at the Focus on Fiber retreat there’s a pile of miscellaneous scrap fabric in the corner. Some people add to it, some comb through it periodically. Its all “free to a good home.” I generally work with what I bring to the retreat but this year on the last day I was at a loss for something to work on. The dye studio was already dismantled and my friend who brought me a spare machine had already departed. I’m not much of hand-work person so I decided to play with the scraps. By the end of the week they were picked over. These were the discards, the unwanted.
So I decided to play around arranging them on a piece of batting. I pinned them in place and then hand basted them because I figured the piece would travel home better this way. Once I got home I had a lot of demands on my time. What little studio time I had was not suitable for anything that required real concentration. I needed an escape. So I free motioned the whole thing and finished it with a “Bird Ross” edging rather than a binding.
I don’t know what its supposed to be. Maybe an abstract landscape? It doesn’t look like anything I’ve done before. But it was fun and the fabric was free after all.