November 4, 2012

A New Textile: "Blue Circles"

Blue Circles, hand dyed wool on linen, 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. 

I think of this piece as having something of a carnival feeling, bright and active. This is even though I toned down the colors, pushing the yellow away from a pure hue toward an ocher, and the red towards a darker and cooler hue; I didn't want the work to shout too loudly.

Blue Circles detail

The hooking for each shape followed its outlines, which meant that in the central red I had to finesse the rows to fill in the outward spread of color. 

Below are three earlier pieces in my series about pattern. It's fun to go back to this essential textile tradition, to try to interpret it in my own way.


  1. Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks ("Awakenings", "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat") has a new book out entitled, "Hallucinations".
    Terry Gross interviewed his yesterday on Fresh Air on NPR. He described patterns that appeared before his eyes during a migraine headache. Some looked like lattice, sometimes lattice right over a person's face and other shapes as well.

  2. I love them all. The red and yellow in the "carnival" piece are extremely subtle and beautiful - as always, with your colors. I can't wait to see these in person sometime!