Monday, November 22, 2010

Textile pages and sewing.


I was delighted to hear that latest page for The Traveling Pages group had finally arrived. Above you can see the Lion and the Mouse under way. I am stitching through water soluble fabric here. Such useful stuff. It tears off easily as well as dissolving well. So handy when I wasn't sure how fragile the layers were going to be.
For the differing layers, I used netting, loose woven white cotton and a densely woven fabric I found in my stash. All embellished with FME. (Free Machine Embroidery.) The figures were copied from photographs found on the internet. Sadly, I didn't find one with a lion next to a mouse........ I wonder why...
This is the finished page. The background is painted using colours from a wonderful photograph I found on the internet showing an african sunset. It also had the silhouette of an acacia tree which I used for the back of the page. For this I used sheer brown voile attached using FME.
I sent it off with a simple retelling of this delightful story. The original fable was written by Aesop and is one of my favourites.
As you can see, Gayle's theme was "All creatures great and small".
Oh, I've been busy with mum's quilt. This was the pieces all placed on top of the fleece I shall be using for the backing. Since this time I have been busily piecing the backing for the smaller pieces. I have been having a lot of fun with curved piecing. I'd never tried doing that before. Sorry about the lack of photos - there just has not been enough decent daylight for a good enough photograph.



8 comments:

Trillian said...

It's a wonderful page. I think "Creatures big and small" is a lovely topic. I love your interpretation.

Mandy said...

Thanks so much, Trillian. I agree, I thought "Creatures great and small" was a wonderful idea for a topic.

knitsamadworld said...

You have the patience of a saint to sew all those little squares!!
And what imagination on the travelling page. Love the cute mousey.

Mandy said...

Thanks Donna, it was hard to part with the little mouse. I still have the original paper design, so I can always make another.........
How sweet of you to comment on the squares. I quite enjoyed playing around with them.

Jensters said...

Loving this page, wonderful.

Mandy said...

Thanks so much for commenting on my page.

Imene said...

What an amazing work. I would love to know more about your traveling journal!

Mandy said...

Thanks so much, Imene. This is teh link to the Traveling Pages Blog if you would like to read more about the project.
http://thestoryofthetravelingpages.blogspot.com/