|choosing fabric colors, source photo nearby
It all begins with the perfect sky. This one was a section of cloth from Dahn (sounds like Dawn) Cassleman in the Yukon! She's at the Wilderness City Quilter blog. I don't dye - or haven't much yet. So when friends send me sky fabric, I'm quite thrilled. It was a terrific barter for the thread I sent her. I stick all the land pieces on with glue. Lapel Stick works best for me. I know many threadpainters dye or paint silk backdrops first, or transfer photos onto the cloth... but the way I do it means I can begin stitching right away.
|machine stitching, blending colors, painting with thread
I go top to bottom in the scene. It really is like painting. I add thread by color where it's needed. I blend. I have stitched into the sky before, but this is nice the way it is. Plus, it will be somewhat covered in tree boughs when I'm done.
One of my favorite parts of the process is finding the right colors - whether it's the base fabric or the threads for stitching. My thread stash is SO HUGE (yes - I am indeed bragging here) that it's like going on a scavenger hunt in my sewing room. Fun. ; ) It's incredibly satisfying to find the perfect color match.
|i always have the right color since that garage sale last summer!
I love love love to work with variegated threads. Look how perfect this next spool will be for the brush in the corner of that scene! (See? The constant exclamation marks tell you I'm excited!)
I got to the point yesterday where I had pretty much finished the background. Here it is so far!
|7x9... maybe a tad bigger.
My plan is to stitch in the trees by machine, and then embellish the foreground by hand. I am nervous about the trees. It was a lot of work, and there's no going back if I screw this up. I figured that this time, I need to have a plan and sketch it out a bit first. I came up with this idea to have the opening off centre. I love the way the tree line top is in a V-shape. It has nice movement to it.
|sketching out a plan...
Now I am 'stuck in the trees'. I spent an hour trying out thread and combinations of threads, and a variety of stitches & tension alterations. I'm getting close... I think I'm ready but WHEW it's time to call it a day.
|practicing up for the trees
There you go! Linking to WIP Wednesday at The Needle & Thread Network. See you there.