Staying inside where it's warm and dry while a blizzard roars outside. Hoping the forecast for nice weather tomorrow holds so that we can make our house-hunting trip as planned. We've already had one flight cancelled on us. I hope this one will go.
Sonja, your comments on the layout for my Threads of Resistance artwork were helpful. Here's what I ended up with for the final layout.
I tweaked option 2 a little and now I like it even better. Presenting this as a cacophony of words is probably most appropriate both in terms of my feelings and what is going on today. I felt confident enough of this layout that I found a backing fabric and flannel for backing and machine-stitched everything together. I have just stitched around the outsides of the panels for now.
I am thinking that I will add hand-stitched words scattered about to stabilize the layers and make sure things don't sag. It will also help me deal with the thoughts and feelings that continue bubbling up. Every day something new seems to keep pop up that I need to process somehow.
PS - I used one of my African-motif batiks as the backing fabric for this. It seemed apropos to use an imported fabric for this...
As to your piece - the question about putting a sheer over the tree-motif gave me a crazy idea. You might try that one sheer from our stash that I showed you:
My thought is that it would help to convey the idea of tangled layers. The question is whether it would obscure the background too much. You'd have to try it to see. The other one with the intertwined circles might obscure the background less, but wouldn't convey quite the same idea. I could bring them the next time I see you if you like.
For now, it's time for tea and another chapter of my book...