Here’s a little update on what I’ve been working on lately….
I’ve been digging through my fabric stash and creating pictures with them.
This farm scene was my first attempt.
The clothesline with “quilts” was a last minute inspiration, but really my personal favorite part of this piece. I was going to do a garden at that spot, but couldn’t bring myself to actually sew it on there. It just wasn’t quite right.
My second piece was this sweet little cottage scene. Little is not the correct word though—it is actually quite large, measuring over 16″ by 20″.
Vintage yo-yos discovered at a yard sale make perfect flowers, especially with a sweet button sewn onto the middle.
My favorite part of this scene is the little fox curled up in his den at the corner. (Or you could call it a cat, it sorta looks like one!)
Part of why I enjoy making these is using up such a variety of fabrics. It is a good excuse for my fabric hoarding I guess! I love finding just the right piece of fabric, ribbon, or trim for a certain area. Some are newer materials, but I use a LOT of vintage finds, which I really love!
My next attempt was based on a real place, not a made up one.
For this one I loosely based it on a picture of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse in Maine.
A variety of corduroy and wool tans and browns create the rocks. If I had to redo this one I would make the sky a tad bit brighter blue.
The last piece I finished represents the Bodie Island Lighthouse in North Carolina.
I don’t *love* this one as much, it’s just kind of okay for me.
As each one has been rather large, I decided to scale down a bit. Pictured above is a piece I just started. Nothing is sewn on yet, just pinned down. Typically I pin a bunch of possibilities down and edit from there. Here I am recreating a scene from the Jordan pond area of Acadia National Park. I have a lot of work to do on it yet, but I wanted to show a bit of my creative process.
First I usually sketch out a rough idea, then begin to pull fabrics that may work. I strive to not only use color schemes that work, but to incorporate lots of texture too.
Not a single one ends up exactly like what I originally envisioned, and that’s okay…sometimes it turns out even better.
So there you have it, this is what I’ve been working at lately! This is fun for me and I so enjoy the creative process in this. This is how I unwind!