I have always loved the bark on the Ponderosa pines. It has great texture and the pieces that slough off look like puzzle pieces. Needless to say, I have a collection of those.
Here’s a photo of the Ponderosa pine bark. Not only great texture, but interesting colors and shapes.
Here’s a photo of the resulting applique I created based on bark. I used a felt background with inclusions to give more volume to the raised areas. I then added a variety of silk applique and stitched down with hand dyed wool thread in a variety of colors. I then machine stitched the background to flatten those areas and give the piece more depth.
For one of my applique projects in Level 3 Stitch, I decided to use a nuno felted background and create a piece similar to the ones that I make to sell in a gallery. Here’s the beginning of Shades of Green. Guess what? It reminded me of a forest, so on to the applique.
I added silk organza for the tree trunks, a mix of chopped up fabric for the leaves and stitching for the highlights. The finished piece was framed and is now hanging in my hallway.
Join Tutors Gail Harker and Penny Peters at a free online venue Tuesday July 19– 10:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT
Join us online (no fee) to view our Level 3 Advance Stitch student’s exhibition of creative stitched artwork. It will truly have you dreaming of wonderful possibilities there are for people just like you.
Each of our participating artists will have a chance to talk about their experience working through this coursework, in spite of pandemic conditions! There will be time for questions and answers with the artists.