As many of you may already have gathered I love working in the round on a large scale. My current project is no exception, although the ring size is 20cm smaller than some of my very large pieces. My challenge is how to interpret Spring based on a tree shape using all three of the Dorset Button designs worked on a ring.
To start with, I used linen thread for the outline of the tree and to work the trunk and branches. The linen thread is from Airedale Yarns who has the most wonderful selection of colours. Most of the linen is a 4ply weight and for this project I worked with four strands. I had great fun measuring out four times 12metres then wrapping it around a makeshift shuttle before working the button. I had to do this four times!
When I look out of my studio window, the lovely primroses are a joy so they too will have to be incorporated into my work. I have decided to use what I call the ‘Cartwheel’ button as it looks so like a cartwheel for the flower.
For the leaves of the tree, I’m working Singleton buttons using a stretch mainly green multi-coloured lace fabric over cotton fabric. By using this method, I have managed to give my tree the spring look of when you can see the sky through the leaves which are not quite open.
However, where to put the Blandford button which I call a Crosswheel as the thread is wound across the ring many times? I’m thinking that I may use them as blossom on my tree.
By the way, I have decided to give the finished work a humorous twist as the finished piece is going to be called “Hiding not lost” and you may be able to see the reason for the title in one of the images. The finished work will be on display in my Studio as part of the Wylye Valley Art Trail.