Alphabet Art: A Textile Collage Book (letter B)

B for Black

There is a Cardinal Rule of interior design that every room, without exception, should contain a certain amount of black.  I have neither the design background nor the technical knowledge about color to explain this, but I have found the rule to be incontrovertible, and a requirement I have carefully followed.  I also like wearing black, except for the fact that my Florida water seems to suck the color out of whatever fabric I wash – even in cold water that has been dechlorinated.  (This makes me a fan of Rit Dye, and many of my linen pants and tops have been through the process more than once.)


I had lots of ideas for the letter B, but after very little thought I decided just to go with the word “black.”  As you can see I had many fabrics to play with, but the trick was to bring out the black color by using it with white.  The focal point of the page came from a Goodwill “cocktail dress” that was as damaged as it was cheap.  A velvet flower was disassembled and then reassembled with machine stitching.  Harlequin, even modified, is one of my favorite design elements. The foundation of this page is an old sun dress.  I had to stop myself from sewing these fabrics into a brick, using as many stitches as my Curvy offered. I can see that I’m already getting bored with some of them, and will at some point revert to hand embroidery.  First I need to find that box of hoops….probably up in the attic which at this moment is over 150 degrees Fahrenheit, so I will be waiting until this fall.

About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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