Wednesday, 27 June 2012

For the Needle and Thread Network

A fuzzy photo of a stunning specimen of Fatsia Japonica in my cousin, Lorraine's garden in Lancashire.

My interpretation so far! It is getting there :-)
This is a long slow process. It is great fun but also greatly frustrating. All of my fabrics are my own hand dyes and I am very happy about that. However, try as you might, you sometimes cannot get just the perfect fit for that reddish berry in the top right of the big bunch, for example. The berry itself is ok, but the little light patch on the blossom end is elusive so far. I will have to spread out my fabrics and shop around for the perfect spot to cut. All my lovely fabrics are looking more and more like holey cheese! Holey cheese, Batman! Hope I can find a bit today as it is making me crazy. I chose NOT to put the lighter bits behind those berries on the right and am now suffering the consequences of artistic licence. C'est la vie artistique, I guess. Wish me luck.

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11 comments:

  1. My goodness what an exotic plant. I've never seen one before. Your interpretation using the fabrics that you have dyed is wonderful. Good luck in finding that elusive wee bit:)

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  2. What patience you have. I have been known to cut in the middle of a fabric for that perfect applique colour! Very exquisite!

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  3. Watered down bleach? Would that help find your little bit of light? I love the piece. What size is it?

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  4. you could also try painting your fabric to get "just the right shade' - either way, the piece is shaping up beautifully!

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  5. The colours are wonderful - the leaves, the berries! This piece is going to be beautiful. I too have drawers full of holey fabric.

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  6. I don't think I have ever seen this plant before, but I think your applique surely does it justice! Art imitates life, but not exactly! An appliquer's fabric is always somewhat strangely cut, compared to someone who slices fabric in straight lines!

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  7. sometimes a little scrap of tulle helps.But as it looks it is beautiful already, just go on searching. or maybemorganza!

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  8. I like your rendition--it's even more lush than the photograph, if that's possible!

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  9. Wow! You have talents I never even dreamed of!

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  10. LOVE the source photo! Good for you for not printing it or tracing. : ))) The human hand & eye are so much more to enjoy. : ) Thank you for linking to TN&TN - and sorry I'm late in stopping by your blog!

    been busy with summer...
    Monika K
    Saskatoon

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