Tuesday, March 30, 2021

What's in the background ? #the100dayproject

Have you wondered how these garden vignettes (#100gardenthreads) begin? 
What's in the background to these creations? 

It literally takes hours some days to audition fabrics for the piece. The technique I use involves small scraps of fabric, cut or torn and then stitched over.  Each day, I look through my stash and try to find the right colour, perhaps a little texture, even a pattern for a particular leaf or flower.
Sometimes, I cannot find the right colour so I often hand colour with inks, dyes, and/or  paint and quite often, with coloured pencils (Prismacolour). 

That isn't really the beginning - I spend a lot of time in the garden looking carefully, cutting samples of leaves, branches, flower stems, and of course photographing the specimens. Indoors , I work from cuttings and photos and drawings because by the time I am ready to interpret a flower, it may not be  still blooming in my garden.  And of course, the birds and other creatures  don't stay around while I stitch their images. 

Day 42 is a good example of the background to a #100gardenthreads creation  - eucalypt leaves. 

Fortunately, they are in abundance all year around in the garden, so it is easy to bring a few inside to work directly from the and try to colour match a fabric. In this case, I chose recycled t -shirt material for the colour and texture, with a few leaves cut from  silk screened and hand dyed fabrics and doilies to add the variety of tones.  I also did some quick sketches for for composition and cut a few leaf templates to try them out for size. Then the  free motion stitching  - it is really the least creative part of the process. This is done on my trusty Bernina sewing machine #550, with feed dogs lowered, and all going well, it is the quickest  part of the creation. 

Materials : cotton fabric, recycled stretch fabric, doilies, thread, coloured pencils. 
Techniques : free motion stitching, hand colouring, raw edge applique 


Saturday, March 27, 2021

#the100dayproject Days 37 -41


#100garden threads  Days 37-41 This scroll features a miniature rose, a native hibiscus, jade plant and osteospermum. 
Materials: cotton fabric,  various fabric scraps, coloured pencils,  sewing thread
Techniques: free motion machine stitching, hand stitching, raw edge applique, hand colouring/dyeing. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

#the100dayproject - days 33 - 35



Days 33,34 & 35 ... inspired by my herb garden 

Materials _ assorted cotton fabric scraps; coloured pencils, machine thread 
Techniques: stitching by machine and hand;  hand colouring/drawing; applique 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

#the100dayproject - days 31 & 32

 #100gardenthreads Days 31 & 32 

 Herb Garden 

Materials : cotton scraps, machine threads, coloured pencils 

Techniques: applique, fabric collage, machine and hand stitching, hand colouring. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

#the100dayproject - day 30

 #100gardenthreads /30 

Red pelargoniums - are are they geraniums? 

Materials : various cotton fabrics, machine thread 

Techniques : applique, hand colouring, free motion stitching 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

#the100dayproject - days 28 & 29

 #100gardenthreads / 28 & 29 

Sunflower and Cousin It ( casuarina) 

Materials : cotton fabrics, machine and novelty threads, coloured  Prisma pencils, recycled doily. 

Techniques, free motion machine stitching, hand stitching, hand colouring, applique