White on White III

Inspiration comes from the darndest places. My friend Jenny Lyon pays attention to paper products and that’s where I found the design used here. Who knew that a box of tissues could fire the imagination?

Franki Kohler, White on White 3Even simplified, this design has plenty of detail. I tried new lighting to take this photograph and had some success, but not complete. After many attempts, I put this piece on the floor and had better results. The small white floral design on the fabric shows best at the right edge where the fabric extends beyond the fast2fuse. Metallic-wrapped white thread was used to stitch the floral design. The seed beads in the center of the flowers are #8 pearl finish; outer seed beads are #11 in pearl, clear, white and amber. It measures 5″ x 7″ now and will be trimmed to 4″ x 6″ when I’m ready to attach the address on the opposite side. As with the other postcards in this series, the edge finish will be determined when they are trimmed to size.

This series has been great fun! A 4th design is well on its way. See the first two here and here.

6 replies
  1. eccentricquilter
    eccentricquilter says:

    Hi Franki,
    When photographing something like your almost all white quilt, texture is what you need to shoot for, no pun intended. By setting up your quilt so that the brightest source of lighting comes primarily from an angle that is almost straight from the side, but slightly towards the front than the back(rather than perpendicular to the surface of the quilt), you will get a raking light that will emphasis the small hills and valleys of the quilting. I usually use an ambient light source as well, such as a bulb in a clamp lamp aimed at the ceiling for fill light or if there is not enough light from windows. To get your colors true, there are a couple way to do that: 1. use your white balance feature on your camera (see website– http://digital-photography-school.com/introduction-to-white-balance ) or 2. fix the color afterwards on your computer in your photo program. Here is another website that you might find helpful too: http://learnmyshot.com/photography-lighting-technique-to-show-texture/

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Kalia, Thanks for taking the trouble to write this. I clearly need to get another light source to set up for the raking light. I tried a lamp from another room, but it didn’t help. I’ll look into the suggestions on the site you share and get my act together. So much to learn!

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