I have quite a bit of thread painting to do on the poppies – but I started thinking ahead to finishing the piece. I added the silk “matte” and a red piping to enclose the focus on the poppies themselves. I’ve spent quite a lot of time going through my stash, I’ve done it 3-4 times so far, looking for a bordering fabric that will tie the whole together and I’m coming up empty handed.
I’ve laid a range of fabrics against the piece – black, dark grey, tan, light grey, blue, different shades of green, even shades red and peach – nothing looks quite right. Pale colours darken the poppies; dark colours make the whole seem brighter, but nothing I have seems to work to enhance the image. Everything seems to detract in some way.
Thursday a couple of friends and I made an excursion to Avonport Fabrics – an hour away from Halifax and there I found the Windham “Uncorked” fabrics in a variety of shades including this dark green. In the shop I thought I’d found “the right match” but when I got it home and cut strips I’m not so sure. The fabric blends the many shades of green in the image but it seems to overwhelm it. I’ve cut the fabric for a finished 3″ border/frame – perhaps it should be narrower – say just under 2 inches? That’s why I’ve got the black/tan/greenish fabric outstretched below – trying to see whether the darker fabric would liven up the image.
It’s a conundrum – I plan on thread painting the flowers with orange/peach shades to lighten the poppies and I may have to do more stitching within the greens, as well. Perhaps it’s just that green isn’t a favourite colour of mine and the contrast with the red of the poppies is too “Christmassy”.
At the moment I just don’t know what to do about framing this piece. Frustrating, because I want to get it done and move on to whatever is next….
Thank you for thinking we are wise enough to comment on your art work! I’d vote for a smaller border — not 3″ but maybe 2″? is plenty wide on this piece. I think the fabric is a very good choice, but agree 3″ is too much. Could you tell us how wide is your “silk” matting, and how wide is the piping? I love the accent piping.
The off-white raw silk inner border is 1/2”. The piping is narrow – I make it using a satin “rat-tail” which is a shade under 1/8” – I cut 1 1/4” strips of fabric to wrap around the cord, then trim to 1/2”. I’ll post my description of how I do the “framing” for pieces like this.
Here’s a link to how I finish a textile art piece – https://jmncreativeendeavours.ca/knittingsewing-tips/ – at the bottom of the page I posted instructions for how to do borders, piping, etc. I also included links to PDFs for Invisible Binding and Pillowcase Finishing.