Time to start Torah Cover #2. The theme - FLAMES. There is a recurrence of the appearance of flames throughout the history of the Jewish people. From Moses and the burning bush to the eternal flame to the death camps during WW II. It's a concept that needs to be celebrated and mourned, and definitely contemplated. Flames can represent destruction, purification, joy and holiness.
The initial design concept on paper:
I used freezer paper to make the pattern pieces. Instead of fusing down the pieces, I turned under the edges, ironed the seam allowance to the waxy side of the freezer paper and planned on using a machine blanket stitch. Below is the freezer paper pattern , to be cut apart, with a snippet of the assigned silk color.
The flame pattern pieces were positioned on the Torah cover pattern. And then the inevitable.happens. Even though I had lots of choices for fabric, I just couldn't find the right one for the central flame.
So what's a girl to do? DYE! I hand dyed a piece of fabric using the same silk dyes that I used for the background. . Can you see the bit of gradation from the top to the bottom? This was perfect. This central flame's subtle change in color, blended with the change in color of the flames.
I used many different rayon threads for the quilting to match the different colors of silk dupioni.
Here's a close-up. The sheen of the thread really complimented the sheen of the silk. This looks so rich and vibrant.
And the completed piece waiting to be made into a Torah cover.