I was afraid that the lovely Textile Artist.org Stitch Challenge
had come to an end last week
But NO :
along came Anne Kelly !
I like the way she works and refers to folk art.
She uses old textiles
and all kinds of fragments, ribbons and lace
and then machine stitches over it all.
The folk art theme was a starting point here.
I made a design
but didn't necessarily want a vase in the center of it ...
That made me think of one of the stamps I made
(some years ago)
the one in the middle of row three,
Hmmm ... what about bunnies, eating a carrot ???
Then I needed some background
and flowery fabrics
Lots and lots of snippets pinned to the background
Machine stitching and so many pins
isn't a good match ...
So I thought of something I learned a long time ago :
cover it all with a piece of tulle
and then stitch over it all !
And that's what I did.
I took dark pink tulle, but you can take
any colour you like, even black works well
The colour of the tulle kind of "fuses"
all the colours together.
But you can cut away the tulle in some places
to restore the brightness of the original colour.
After the machine stitching was done
I couched some ribbon, sewed some buttons
and made seed stitches
(criss-cross running stitches)
on the background.
Detail with the tulle, machine and hand stitching
Thanks Anne Kelly,
it was fun !