I’ve been taking the same two pieces of silk to the well being centre for months with the intention of using them. Last week, I took them out and started tidying them up by pulling off the loose threads. Once they were neat enough to use, I decided I’d rather use the threads! I laid out a couple of layers of Yellow Merino, then started adding the threads. They were similar shades of greeny blue, so it felt like it needed something else. Luckily, I had a bag of red silk threads with me that I bought years ago, and they really made a difference once I added them:
It seems as if everyone is anxious to reduce their UFO stash. While I haven’t put a dent in mine, it does feel good to create something new out of scraps.
Sifting thru my scraps, I was having a hard time coming up with ideas. But then one evening while watching the local news it hit me. I grew up in Chicago and now live about 50 miles west of it in the middle of corn country. I always loved seeing the city scape either driving in or flying over.
I didn’t want to copy a picture, but compile my own city scape made up of buildings I thought were unique.
My first attempt I used a purple for a sky color. And a teal for the water. It was too dark and didn’t let the buildings pop.
Not having enough blue scraps for the sky I felted a piece of prefelt. Then added some fluffy wool clouds for dimension.
Of course a lot of buildings are gray or black, but as you can see I chose to use more of my wallet material for my centerpiece building — The Willis Tower (formerly known ans will always be The Sears Tower to me.) In reality it is black.
The red building on the right was a left over piece of a business card. I thought it was just right for a real red CNA (Continental National America) building on the lake shore.
On the left is the Crain Communications building also known as the Diamond building.
Once the pieces were pinned, I used a combination of hand stitching to keep everything in place, machine stitching for the windows and antennas on the Willis building and details on the Crain building.
The Willis Tower is not leaning in real life, but we do live in the Windy City and buildings do sway. Actually, the sewing must have shifted it. I debated pulling it out, but decided against it.
I also used free motion stitching in the foilage area at the lake front. There was still something missing. What is a lake without boats? If you look closely, the sails are blowing in the wind, again adding dimension.
I tried a couple of mats, but decided on the black and white one. I don’t have a frame yet, but probably basic black.
Or I could use a 5 x 7″ frame by itself. Sorry about the black background. It’s a metallic slate gray frame.
What do you think?
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