Monday, 5 October 2009

My swaps for September ...

This is Pat's choice for inspiration for September Calendar Girls swap of postcards - it is by the artist Hundertwasser.
Susan made this postcard for me, and apparently she used a pleating machine to create the background. Do visit her blog here where she tells how she made it. I must admit I haven't seen it yet as it won't be in the post until tomorrow, but I wanted to blog it so I 'pinched' her picture - I do hope she doesn't mind. Can't wait to get touchy feely with it! I love the Shisha mirrors representing the trees.

I am a proud new owner of a Pfaff Embellisher, and I used it to work my interpretation of Hundertwasser for Neki
It is hard to believe, but there are two layers of felt meshed together - one pea green and the other lime green - to form the background. The 'lines' are silk strips and the blue colour in the middle is also silk, both of which are worked from the back. The back is covered with a black chiffon and the trees are also worked from the back. I have worked some free machine stitching on the trees and I added a thick blue and pink thread in the bobbin. Neki was delighted so that was fine.
If you would like to see the other interpretations of Hundertwasser for this month, just click on the Calendar Girls Logo at the side of my Blog.
The September Swap for Unlimited Textiles was a 5" square Quiltie using a favourite photograph belonging to your partner as inspiration.
I was partnered with Linda and this was her photograph.

Again, using my embellisher I meshed a piece of hand dyed silk to a piece of white felt, then added some hand dyed muslin to create the sandy look! I then embellished the scaffolding poles from the back(a lot), pushing the white felt to the front, added a bit of green and brown each side for the moss and rust, and a touch of black marker pen for the shadows, and it was done. Linda was delighted.

This was my photograph as inspiration for my partner, and is a sunrise taken in my garden last November.

I was partnered with Pam Jones of Port Talbot, who doesn't seem to have a blog unfortunately. Pam made me this beautiful interpretation of my photo, which I think again she has worked on the embellisher, using hand dyed silk, although she hasn't said! I can see she has then added free machine stitching to represent the trees. The colours of the sunrise are just gorgeous - thankyou again Pam.

Now to get busy on the swaps for October ......



Wonderful wonderful work. I have seen these challenges on other blogs and I love how they all come out so different. Yours are amazing!

Doreen G said...

Both of these are interpreted beautifully Val.
How did you get by so long without an embellisher?

Clare W said...

There's some very gorgeous work here. Funny I keep meeting Huntertwasser wherever I look today! xx

sharon young said...

Love your Quiltie , Val, you've doe a great job on the scaffolding poles.
Many thanks for your lovely comment on my September CG PC

dot said...

I'm a Hundertwasser fan, and you've done it such justice, the quiltie piece is fantastic. That embellisher is earning it's keep!

quiltchick said...

Fab interpretations Val....I love Hundertwassers work. Liking the embellished pieces!