Over on the CollaborArt blog we are taking part in a six month chinese whispers fabric project.
Each month we use another participants previous project to inspire us and a small envelope of goodies are sent to try to use some of them in our next project (full details can be found on my previous blog post here).
The lovely Chris sent me (a larger than expected!!) envelope of goodies
(such lovely building fabric)
and this fantastic card titled "The Socialites Boccee Tournament. Friendly competition ensues on the course but it's no reason to put down the wine" A sentiment I concur with!!
The picture of the project I was sent had some stamped images on the fabric (a lovely art quilt representing a season) so I thought I would use that as my inspiration spring board.
I used some fabric I previously dyed in a tea bath and stamped an ornate archway and attached the printed fabric, batting and muslin. I made a mask to ensure I was covering the archway with the patterned fabric.
I then free machine embroidered around the stamped image and then with a deep breath cut through the top layer (being extra careful NOT to cut any deeper) to reveal the layers below
I then added some of the decorative edging and a metal button Chris sent me and made 2 ribbon roses (thanks to Jill and Arlene at the Coven for their patience in teaching me how to do this!) and used some variegated thread to add a couple of hand stitched leaves
I also added some hand stitching on some of the buildings to add to the quilted effect.
Month two down. I have already had my photo for the next inspiration, but this project has taught me to hang fire on deciding what to make next as it can be difficult to incorporate some of the items you are sent (which is good as it stretches the imagination).
So I await another visit from my postie