Monday, 19 April 2010

Postcard for Pam and a Sketchbook Cover

We are swapping postcards this month at Unlimited Textiles and this one I have made for Pam Jones in Port Talbot, Wales.
I 'made' the fabric recently for a doll I'm working on with a Group I belong to, and thought I would use a piece left over. It is a mixture of fancy fabrics covered with chiffon, free machine stitched all over, then blasted with a heatgun. I added the three little green inches, as this was part of the fabric, but missing in the postcard! Blue and Green should always be seen - that's what I say!
I recently bought a fantastic book by Patti Medaris Culea (who introduced me to Cloth Doll Making) called Creative Cloth Explorations, in which she explains how to create a flat image of a face in cloth. I highly recommend the book - the illustrations are wonderful and full of inspiration.

This is the pattern I created, following Patti's instructions, but using a drawing from the Linda Ravenscroft Book I have on How to Draw and Paint Fairies - another book I would highly recommend!


You can see here that I have attached the 'hair' to the face and fused her to the background, having first made and stitched down her wings........

Now I have free machine stitched (thread painted) her hair and stitched her down to the background .....


Here she is finished, surrounded by silk blooms and twine ......
The sketchbook is A5 size and along with its cover is my contribution to the raffle prizes at our 2nd Kindred Spirits Exhibition coming up at the end of the month.
Till next time ...........


10 comments:

Heather said...

I love your postcard and like you love blues and greens too. Your stitched fairy is gorgeous.

Amo House said...

I have the Linda Ravenscroft book too! You have done a wonderful job with the stitched fairy. Love it!

maggi said...

I love your postcard. Blues and greens are so beautiful in the flower world. Brilliant job with the fairy too

Sandy said...

She'll love the postcard. The cover is spectacular.

Carol said...

Beautiful fairy Val, everyone will be buying raffle tickets

Julie said...

What a beautiful fairy Val!

Angelcat said...

Your book cover is stunning!

sharon young said...

ooohhh!! You're so clever, Val, I just love the book cover, it's really gorgeous, what a wonderful raffle prize.

Jeanette said...

That is SO beautiful! I wish I could draw as beautifully as you! Maybe I should try and get my hands on that book...

Take care
Jeanette

Lynn said...

Wow, love the Fairy textile art, your work is gorgeous :)