Column at Crystal Palace (Madrid), 2014

Column at Crystal Palace (Madrid), 8 12" x 10", rayon on cotton, © 2014 Joni Beach. Wholecloth, free-motion quilting.

Column at Crystal Palace (Madrid), 8 1/2″ x 10″, Rayon on cotton, © 2014 Joni Beach.


The Story~The Crystal Palace in Retiro Park (Madrid) is a wonderful, dreamy place made of glass and white stone, once only for the Royal family to enjoy.  Huge decorative white columns are found near the entrance, with the reflection of bright sunlight shining through high windows of glass.

Artist’s Process~ This is a “thread-sketching” on a cotton background–the quilting line becomes the actual design on a solid colored background fabric. Free-motion stitching is done by machine, in a manner similar to drawing with a pencil on paper. To hang this small piece, it can be mounted on matboard and framed, or attached to a canvas with thread. 

         ArtWalk 2014~~Exhibit, Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey