This piece was mounted on the matting to make it even more three dimensional.The backing is heavy linen. I’m searching for the exact thing I used and will post when I find it. Fibers are wool roving, chenille yarn, ribbons, fabric torn in strips, and beads. If you have a good yarn shop near-by you are in luck. There are so many wonderful yarns in gorgeous blended colors and textures that you can’t help but be inspired.
Window Seat to St. Louis ~ Autumn
9-1/2” x 13”
15” x 18” FramedThen my daughter moved to St. Louis. I had hoped to be able to see the famed Arch from the plane but it doesn’t go near it. So I had to be content with the river. You can see the river in the upper right corner as it moves down. I created some interest by widening it and then used amethyst chips to fill. I had planned to fill it with just the chips and over and over I kept trying to fit them in but it would just billow up like a balloon. The chips wouldn’t nest together and I was becoming agitated. I had ripped it out for about the 4th time when the phone rang and I set the frame down and threw the chips onto it in disgust and left. When I returned I looked in amazement at how the chips had perfectly arranged themselves when I threw them down. They lay beautifully flat but with spaces between them and I happily filled them in with 11/o seed beads that matched the bugles that made up the rest of the river. Torn silk fabric in orange, more beads and chips and some really hairy yarn used in the corners. I think it gives a nice Autumnal feel. Fibers are wool roving, hairy yarns, fabric and some ultra suede torn in strips, bugle and seed beads, amethyst chips.
Window Seat to Pittsburgh ~ Winter
14” x 14”
20” x 20” framedWhen my daughter and family moved to Pittsburgh the terrain changed. I was in my usual window seat in the plane, but was disappointed that there was so little color. It was winter and there were only shades of black, white and gray. But when I began designing this piece, I knew I didn’t want to work only in those colors so thought about purple as a shade of twilight and early evening. Even some of the roadways and fields had a sort of mauve shade to them. This is the upper left corner with crystal chips for ice and white wool roving for the snow; some black plaid ribbons to indicate dirt and slush and more black roving to show barren hilltops. The lavender ribbon is something I made myself. I couldn’t find any fabric or ribbon in that color so I took a piece of silk I had, mixed up some very thin acrylic paints in those colors, splashed them all over the fabric and when dry, I ironed it then tore it into strips. This is where the Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River. I was so happy to have found these wonderful bugle and seed beads in the same mauve shade, but with just enough red to give it some life. As a side story – when I took this piece to my EGA meeting for “Show and Tell” a lady came to me afterward and complimented me on interpreting Pittsburgh. She said she had lived there all her life until she retired. “You even got the fountain at Point State Park,” she exclaimed. “Where is that?” I asked, dumbfounded. “Why here, these four pearls. It’s just perfect.” I thanked her profusely, but would have been embarrassed to tell her that I didn’t know there was a fountain there and I certainly would have stitched the pearls into a circle, had I known. The river was actually not this pretty a color. You know – muddy. More like the square beads I used, but that didn’t give a feeling of movement as well as the bugles and seed beads did. Oh well. . . . . . .