Yesterday I finished the quilting on my sample, "Mountainscape I". During the process, here's what I learned:
Once I finished the quilting I added some paint. Because the scene has a night- and day-time sky, I made a 'moon/sun' with my quilting (see the face of the moon, turned on its side?) and used a freezer paper stencil and oil paint sticks to give it a 'glow':
I also added snow on the mountain tops, using paint rather than fabric, for a softer look:
Now I'm considering adding tiny trees to the surface, stitched on by hand. Right now they're simply positioned with a dab of washable glue-stick! Here's how the piece looks right now on my design wall:
All of the fabrics are commercial cottons and batiks from my stash; the challenge is to pick ones that would give the desired effect. Once I stitch down the trees, I'll add some flowers, using embroidery -- French knots, seed stitch and the like -- in red, rose/pink and perhaps a touch of yellow -- in the grassy area at the bottom. (Remember, the aim of the larger work is to include the colours of the liturgical calendar.)
So...it's off to stitch I go, but not before taking up Nina-Marie's kind invitation and linking up to "Off the Wall Friday". Why don't you head over there and see what's what, too?
Very serene and lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Lovely! I like the effect of the paint very much. And adding little hand applied trees would be great. It's a beautiful piece!
one of the best things I ever did was start keeping a process blog that helped me document what I learned and where I wanted to go - this is great!
Gosh I adore this panel piece.......love the moon, sky and mountain especially!
Am blog hopping and really like yours!
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