Thursday, 30 July 2009

Flight of Dragons - part 1

I got most of the stitching on the Letter piece done. But we have decided to visit my husband's family, so it will have to wait to be finished. I stopped so I could get a start on this month's dragon.

The Fast Friday Fabric Challenge this month involves radial symmetry for the layout and colours of nature.
Here is my start. Because of the size limit (I do the challenges as part of the Contemporary Quilt Group Journal Quilts, too, which are 12" x 6" this year.) I can only do part of a circle. I kind of had the idea of having a flight of dragons in a similar aerial pattern to the Red Arrows. (warning, the link has the wing commander giving a blurb about the Red Arrows team, so you may want to decrease volume or something.) They had to be very small to get them to fit. With a bit of help from my son, I was able to develop some dragon shapes I was happy with.

I decided to use the elements for the colours of nature. But I also included a black and white dragon which I am calling the element of Word. So, from right to left I have water, fire, word, earth, sky. They are all made from hand dyed silks, except the black and white one, which is from a black and white silk tie. They all have a ball of fire in front of them. This is similar to the oriental dragons chasing a pearl. But you can decide if they are chasing it or if it comes from them.

Now I need to do the background. I think it needs some white clouds or something somehow, but I won't be able to work on it til the beginning of next week.

I hope to post tomorrow, but if not, see you next week.

1 comment:

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Sandy, it is looking good. I'm glad I'm not the only one way behind on this months challenge.