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.