I’ve been wanting to try a tutorial I found at Art with a Needle for a while, and this weekend, with the family gone for long stretches and the mornings cold and foggy, I’ve had a free period of time to experiment.
I didn’t have a plan in mind when I started – just wanted to get the technique down. But now I am enjoying what is emerging from the cloth. I think it looks like a map, with a small town growing in the center and less developed sections on the outskirts. Each line I add is another road going in. Sort of what is actually happening in the area I live, with the farms and fields rapidly being replaced by housing developments.
The blue isn’t very map like though. I may try again with more earth tones and then embroider in details: buildings and trees and landmarks.
The tutorial has each slice going across the whole length of the fabric, but I cut the pieces into pieces and added in extra short lines throughout as you can see in the pics below.
It shrank as the lines were sliced and diced, so I added in more fabric at the bottom and right side.
I think I’m finished. It is all in one piece again anyway. I would like to have a few more lines in the busier section, but there isn’t really space for complete width slices, and anything else would entail far too much seam ripping. Maybe I can make a very detailed modular section next time to get the spacing right for an embellished map.
There are some puckers and other random weirdness, but for a first try, I’m happy.
It will be a decent size wall hanging when it is quilted. White lines on the white lines? Or blue lines crossing over all?
The process sure makes for a thread filled back.