Town Planning

I’ve started a new series this week, look at the shops and houses where I live and recreating them in appliqué & stitch…
The first one finished started out with a quick sketch like this

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Then I’ve been gathering materials – some of my hand dyed fabrics and lovely Oliver Twist threads, pelmet vilene and wire.

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The wire got wrapped in thread using that Bernina😄 it’s such a good machine to work with- though I did have to swap to a jeans needle for some of the thicker sections, such as the attic window. Might have been better to do that separately and then apply but you learn through doing;) I got it this far and decided it needed to be more animated, it looks a bit lonesome like this…

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So that meant a pigeon had to be added- I hope you’ll agree it looks much livelier like this…

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I used a sort of hacked French knot to fix the pigeon to the wire and, pleasingly, the finished effects look like the pigeons feet!
Now this ones complete (& in my Etsy shop😉) I think it needs a local cafe as a neighbour- there’s a few (!) to choose from around here – a great excuse to grab my sketchbook and go sample them!

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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