© Rose Rushbrooke 2005
47″ w x 46″ h
Pattern: Original fractal design based on the Mandelbrot Set, mirrored and flipped.
Technique: Hand stitched.
Medium: Hand dyed and commercially printed cotton, and silk.
This piece began several years before it was finished. It is entirely hand pieced, hand embellished and quilted. The centrepiece is made from furrowed hand dyed silk stitched down with glass beads and perle cotton.
An intensely feminine and voluptuous piece. Everything is curved, including the edge. The colouring is soft and pastel – the centre is fluttery and frilly, reminiscent of the image Edouard Manet painted of Suzon at the Folies Bergère in Paris.
The centrepiece is echoed by little scattered tufts of thread, like inappropriate bursts of hair on the body.
The main pieced spirals are appliquéd onto a swirly yellow and white background and outlined with quilting stitches.
The quilt is pieced together in a four-block layout. Each quarter is the same design, mirrored and then flipped. Here you can see the seam where two quarters line up.
Single strands of variegated embroidery floss are knotted down to form a tuft.
Two of the spirals curl around each other, each piece is quilted stitch-in-the-ditch and the whole spiral is outlined with quilt stitches.
Each curved seam is quilted stitch-in-the ditch. The quilting thread is a variegated cotton thread which picks up the fabric colours.
The centrepiece is made of furrowed, hand painted silk stitched down with strands of embroidery floss and beads. The outside is outlined with quilt stitches. Lines of quilt stitches angle outwards along the plain beige fabric.