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
Then I’ve been gathering materials – some of my hand dyed fabrics and lovely Oliver Twist threads, pelmet vilene and wire.
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…
So that meant a pigeon had to be added- I hope you’ll agree it looks much livelier like this…
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!
I’ve been concentrating on smaller landscape pieces this week – here’s some pics…
These are preparation for ‘Along the Way’ a piece inspired by journeys through Scotland. I love the way houses and farmsteads hunker down amidst the hills. Often the trees look blasted and twisted by the wind and rain, forming shapes that stand out against the skyline as if they are stitching the clouds to the hills.
Here it’s nearly complete but needs those trees to be added in. I’ve added texture with machine and hand stitching using wonderful Oliver Twist threads. The dry stone wall combines stitch with needle felted wool blanket fabric.
A new piece in the Day Trippers series-might have to be renamed the weekenders!
Inspired by our little camping trip earlier this year when we stayed in a vintage caravan, the only cooking spot was a campfire, the view was fields as far as the eye could see, our neighbours were feathered or four legged and it was wonderful!
So, if you feel the need to slow down, take a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy this view!
I’m pleased with how the chickens turned out, mornings drawing in Pets Corner put to good use;)
I love funfairs; the colour,the noise, the excitement. The way an open space gets transformed into a magic environment when the fair moves into town. That’s the mood I’m trying to capture in my Fun Fair pieces. I like the idea of aeroplanes that only fly in circles, of Fun Houses with moving walkways and spinning floors, dodgem cars that spark and zoom. So I want the pieces to be bright and colourful, full of energy and a sense of movement.
Helter Skelter – This is another of my reclaimed tin pieces under construction – I hope to have it completed by the weekend! It’s constructed around a large mackerel tin:)
Stitching the side panels
Making the slides
Positioning the slides
I have tried several versions of the slides, I was trying to find a method that was flexible enough to fit around the sloping curves of the tower structure. Eventually I settled on using a needle felted base and covering it with free machine embroidery.
Nearing completion, the slides are stitched into position and the tower is pinned to the background