I’m working on the layout for a few pages in a fabric book. They’re still in the beginning stages, for the most part. I haven’t yet added the text, but thought I’d post a few pictures to reassure myself that I’ve actually been doing something.
The book will be bound in a Coptic style of binding (for some really fun possibilities in coptic binding, check out this link). Anyway, here are the pages for the Walking in Search of… book that I’m working on. Not all will open to a full spread; some will be divided due to folds during final assembly. The closed book will measure 5 1/2 inches square.
These are aspen with tea-dyed writing spaces :
This next one is a trial run for a technique plan to use to construct a picture of local barrens (or moors, for you folks in the UK) in autumn, when everything is a blaze of light and colour. Technique for making this follows:
The groupings of shrubs were made with Solvy heavyweight water-soluble stabiliser and tulle as the foundation. I sandwiched the tulle between two layers of stabiliser. I generally don’t use a hoop for this sort of thing.
I stitch swirls and curls to stabilise things initially:
Then I fill the area in with assorted threads, switching periodically and bunching colour in certain areas. In this case I used a zig-zag stitch to fill things in. Sometimes I use a straight stitch and continue stitching swirls and loops of various sizes and colours, overlapping. Depends entirely on the effect desired.
More colours added, followed by the stitching in of branches. This puts the branches in the middle of the bush. If you start with the branches and only stitch on top of them, there are no leaves behind the branches. Work back to front.
After you’ve stitched to satisfaction, trim the stabiliser and tulle close to the stitching and throw it into a sink of warm water. Leave it for 20 minutes or so, then swish it around, change the water and leave it for another ten or more. When it’s no longer sticky with partially dissolved stabiliser, pat dry with a towel and iron face-down on medium with a pressing cloth between the iron and stitchery.
I’ve appliquéd these in many ways, but have found the most satisfactory to be adding them either by hand after quilting or by machine before. You can also appliquilt them.
These are meant to be reminiscent of the islands in Tors Cove, Newfoundland, along the East Coast Trail:
Two of the other things I’m working on at present are Sea Stacks, which is still in the early contruction stage. Lots left to do here, but it’s amazing how quickly the basic tone for an image can be set. This is composed entirely of hand-painted fabrics and currently measures 30″x30″:
“Ferryland in Winter” has a completed layout and a start made on fabric selection (sky and ocean are hand-painted). It currently measures roughly 32″x34″. I’ll post as things progress: