Monday, January 14, 2019

CQJP 2019 - January Block

I have January's block with a lady from the 1910s completed and excited to get started on February's 1920s lady.  After thorough research my process begins by sketching out the lady, concentrating on her pose.  Next I will size her similar to my previous paintings, work out details and transfer the image to watercolor paper.  After the painting is transferred I will choose fabrics appropriate in color and pattern for that particular time period, make my color choices and begin painting.  Once the artwork is complete I will transfer it to printable fabric and begin my piecing.

Here is the January block completed along with some close-ups of details.
This style is from the mid 1910's around the time WWI began.

The styles had become more practical and less frilly by about 1915 although still heavily embellished with embroidery.  Colors as well had become darker.  The skirt length became shorter and lace up or button up boots were fashionable.

Spider webs are a symbol of good luck on crazy quilts so I like to use them when I can.

Hats were still a fashion necessity and even though the rims became narrower feathers were still popular as decoration and used on the majority of women's hats.

I like to use dragonflies and/or butterflies on my blocks.

The zipper was invented near the end of this decade but not yet used in women's clothing, buttons were used so I wanted to add some vintage buttons on this block.

Now to do a little more research for my February block.  


Shirlee Fassell said...

Love these! Love the symbolism!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Thank you Shirlee. I am learning a lot and enjoying the process.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love this project so much Connie - your paintings are perfect! I'm enjoying reading your research notes as well. Looking forward to seeing what you create for February!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Hi MA. I think I am procrastinating already. I start sketching and end up sorting or organizing. Plan to get something done today. This really has been a fun and interesting project for me though, just switching gears between painting and stitching takes some adjustment. Good to hear from you!