Sunday, June 7, 2009

Little Felted Landscape

Thank you so much for your lovely comments about my Spring CQ!

Always after finishing a long term project, I need to play around a little with different techniques, just for the fun of it and to get myself thinking in new ways.

My Babylock Embellisher and all the pretty rovings I've collected have been ignored for way too long, so I decided to do a little landscape of the view out my sewing room window.

I started with a square of black poly felt. I have the sky fabric there because I can't stand having texture in the skies of any textile project.
Texture brings the surface "forward", and skies are supposed to be in the deep background. I never like seeing them quilted (except for well executed trapunto clouds), or in this case, fuzzy. So I just fused that sky right on there.

Those overlapping planes of hills out the window actually reflect the twisty-turny course of the Washougal River below. I thought I would try and catch that....

Well, try....
Those soft pastel pencils are there to help me add a wee bit more definition to the sky.

Nothing like adding an element in the foreground to make the background look better! I used sock weight yarn and felted it in place.

This is where I am as of this morning....
Lots of detached chain stitching is in my immediate future.....

17 comments :

Vicki W said...

What fun!

Judy S. said...

I'm not so sure I'd get anything done at all if I had your view out my sewing window or any other window for that matter! Looks like another fun project, Allie. The yarn almost looks like you knitted it first. Is that thanks to the embellisher?

Elizabeth said...

I love this piece!! And I am so grateful to read your thoughts on sky in general. i have often struggled with what to do with it!! thanks for your insight!!!
Your work is so stunning and inspirational !!
hugs!
Elizabeth

Raspberry said...

This is so fun - I love stuff like this. I have the book Accidental Landscapes, (because sometimes I can be such a nut) and I just love taking my scraps and using them for something beautiful.

Shogun said...

That looks like fun and I just love all those green colors. Very soothing.

Conni said...

Oooh, this is going to be wonderful!

Barbara C said...

This looks like a very promising canvas for embellishment. I love the look you get from embellishing roving.

Allison said...

I love your work and i think that you captured the landscape perfectly. It reminds me of an area here in South Africa called, the valley of a thousand hills. Beautiful green rolling hills, one after the other, after the other.....

Love to Stitch 99 said...

What an interesting idea. Lots of possibilities with this :-)

Pierrette =^..^=

Plays with Needles said...

It DOES look like what's outside your window...is all of that roving and thread run under the embellisher??? Oh, forgive me, Embellisher, The Magnificent??

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Allie, It is nice to have the beauty of the NW as inspiration for you work. Your art is always inspiring and I look forward to seeing this one completed. I am always amazed at how many beautiful pieces of art you create in a year. I am always sooooooo slow. Hugs judy

Rian said...

That's as stunning as the view out your window. IBNVS.

Summerset said...

Excellent - what a fun little project. I agree, you do need some "fun time" after a large project, just for experiementing without too much pressure.

Marty52 said...

Ah... to have such a view to capture!! This is gonna be cool... have fun, Ms. Allie!

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Kiss.