I rescued this very old piece, that I had done in the late eighties (when I was so busy trying every craft out there) from being tossed in the bin !
It had been in the attic until recently re-discovered and is stained, the colours are faded, but I hung it on the wall outside my studio door and pass it every day.
It has been calling my name ever since !
The scene was from one of my own photos of the point at Granite Saddle Campground, Killbear Provincial Park, near Parry Sound, Ontario.
I have done the same scene in as many different needlework disciplines as I could while learning all about embroidery and fibre art.
This particular piece was to be a new craft 'quilt' block .... but ... well quilting just isn't my 'thing'.
I'm not saying I don't like quilts !
I just prefer to make a picture/landscape/scene !
Below is my version of the quilt block ... a 24"x 24" piece of styrofoam that I drew my favourite scene on. Then layers of cloth, just larger than the sections of my drawing, were pushed into the styrofoam along the drawn lines ... with a kitchen knife. So Quick ! A neat thing to make as a gift in a hurry ... and it weighs nothing ! I put a border on it to make it look more quiltery .... the border being wrapped around and punched into the back ... so slick !
|Needlepointed - approx 3" x 4"|
|One of my earlier stabs at free-motion machine embroidery |
using my own hand-painted fabrics.
Gold metallic threads glisten in the water.
approx. 8" x 10"
As it whispered my name as I passed it today, I decided to scratch an idea down and think (not absolute yet) that I would like to do it again, this time as free-motion machine lace on water-soluble. As I am still working on my study of the Group Of Seven I am thinking to simplify and paint it in the style of Lauren Harris, who just happens to be my favourite painter
|Not as simplified as I'd like ... needs more work.|
5" x7" sketch
The sky looks heavy but that is probably due to the ink lines ... I will try to stick to the colouring of the 'quilt block' above.
Here I am ... still working with a beloved scene ... it never gets old for me. Forty years of sitting on the beach here for 3 weeks at a time, watching 4 kids grow and flourish here ... now they bring their kids here ! Life repeats itself.