I’m writing this post the day after the challenge was announced. I don’t have much free time this month so while England were playing a football match on TV I slipped off to my sewing room and made a start.
As much as you can’t help but smile at sunflowers there’s no denying that they are “in your face”. I’m not a bold sunflower person so my personal challenge is to make something related to sunflowers but in a subtle manner.
I headed off to Pinterest to find inspiration, there are some beautiful photos. I especially loved the fields of sunflowers in Tuscany. I love Tuscany, I was there exactly 10 years ago but I didn’t see the sunflowers although I do remember the rolling hills, the Cypress trees and the lovely villas dotted around the countryside.
I had a couple of ideas buzzing around in my head but as I needed to make something quick I decided to work small, this would also challenge my thread painting skills.
I did a very quick sketch keeping it simple as it was going to be small.
I cut a piece of felt, 5.5cm x 4.5 cm and placed it over soluble fabric in my hoop. I stitched it in place first as it was so small.
It didn’t take long to stitch, I used different shades to give some dimension. The building is tiny and was very hard to machine stitch. Looking now I think my trees are too evenly spaced but I was concerned they might end up growing together if I didn’t have enough space between them as I wasn’t too sure about my stitching control on something small.
I did a bit of work by hand on the roof and on the foreground sunflowers. Then it was cut out close to the stitching and run under the tap to dissolve the soluble fabric. I think it must be made from starch because as it dries out the piece firms up nicely.
I found some stiffening for making pencil pleat curtains ( it pays to be a hoarder) and cut a piece slightly smaller than the stitched piece, as well as a piece of felt for the back, onto which I stitched a safety pin. I could have positioned it better though, and why did I use a safety pin when I have loads of brooch backs??
That’s what happens when you rush things.
It was all sandwiched together and ironed, but it didn’t stick together. I thought the stiffening had lost it’s glue as it was old, but a bit of steam did the trick.
And here you have it, my Tuscan sunflower field in miniature.
I think I will pin it in my fleece jacket so when I’m out walking in the winter I will have a little bit of the Tuscan landscape to make me smile.
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Thank you Susan for a lovely theme.