This one of my favourite teaching things. The sewing is really straight forward but the effects can be amazing.
It begins with these drawings – with and without foliage.
Drawing up is simple – trace through your fabric (lean up against a window for an instant light box) Fancy pen required? Nope – it will all be sewn over. Lots of detail ?- nah – wriggly lollipop with a bad hair day.
First stitches set the twisting movement through the trunk so no worries about sewing straight – don’t even try. Layers of stitch are built up as the tree’s framework is established. A spot of stabiliser underneath if the fabric pulls may help.
The canopy starts with organised scribble in a strongly contrasting colour (purple), and extended in a glorious sludge colour.
The stitch pattern is fairly consistent – cross hatched blocks- but varies in scale and density. Top dress with greens of mixed hues, add in sharp colour to lift if needed, finish off the trunk with contrast tones – I used navy and a quick twiddly bit of grass to anchor it and it is done!
A good press and….. ta da……
This is quite a simple do, yet can be so effective. It is a good learning curve and can be adapted to all skill levels. I love that the equipment list is basically machine, foot, hoop, pencil. Materials list is also slim, fabric ( I used a scrap of rust dyed cotton), threads – what ever you want/what ever you have got, and possibly a bit of stitch and tear.
I have been watching craft TV again – this is available in four easy instalments of oodles of money, 10% discount for people I like or who have daft cats. Just quote discount code DUNKINGBISCUITS.
Perhaps I should offer it as a kit? Hmm. Need a new packet of biscuits to consider that one.
Self promotion spot- Last week or so of the Ripon Great North Art Show
Last but one week of the Knaresborough exhibition in Art in the Mill.
First week of the Micklegate Art in the Window Trail- You MUST go into Spelmans bookshop. I had forgotten just how fabulous it is ( think Edwardian woody splendour)