I just finished the binding on “Cumbria”, below. The picture isn’t quite squared, as I was trying to finish up before the toddler woke up, but you get the idea.
The rocks were giving me a small bit of grief, because I just couldn’t get the effect for which I was looking. Then I remembered the stack of used dryer sheets that a friend had saved for me (she knows better than to ask why I need things like used dryer sheets, meat trays and old tissue paper these days). I painted the sheets with acrylic-based fabric paints and left them to dry. In fact, I let them cure for about a week, as I couldn’t heat them hot enough or for long enough to really set the paint (they melt, btw. Guess how I found out?). Then I pinned them in place and stitched over them. They worked like a dream and I got just the effect I wanted. Plus they don’t fray and, being used, have a crinkled and holey feel. Just the ticket for some old rocks…
… and a rock wall:
One last detail shot, showing the stitching on other stones, used to give life, movement and shading:
Now off to work again!