As weather was the subject of the May challenge, I know that there was lots of material to choose from. After all, the weather is supposed to be one of our favourite things to talk about.
With the snowy and wet weather we've been having lately, I wanted to do something that was a bit more cheerful - i.e. sunny days. To start I had a nose around the subject of sun in my dictionary and found this quote by Edith Wharton:
"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon ... the two most beautiful words in the English language."
A couple of months ago I'd done a doodle sketch of a cottage in a garden so I decided to use this as the basis of the design for this project. The shrubs and trees on the design are only in outline, similar to embroidery designs I'd seen from the 1930s and 40s.
|My sketched design|
I drew my design directly onto my fabric using a pencil, but if you aren't confident enough to do that yourself, you could either use a disappearing ink pen or transfer paper (both of these would be available from your local craft shop).
|You can just see my pencil drawing on the fabric.|
I did the garden bit of the embroidery first, using a mixture of running, blanket, chain and stem stitches.
The writing is done in running stitch and is surrounded with chain stitch and french knot flowers.
To mount the embroidery, I sandwiched a piece of wadding between this and the backing fabric, folded the backing fabric edges under so that it fitted onto the embroidery and sewed them all together. I did this by hand, but you could use a machine.
I hand-stitched some vintage lace onto the side and bottom of the fabric, where the lace was missing. To further decorate the piece I added a crochet flower (not made by me, I buy them from Marlene at Daisy Chain designs), a little lace rosette (made by me) and a couple of vintage buttons.
To enable the embroidery to be hung up, I added two rings onto the back of the piece.
The completed collage is available to buy from the Elsie May and Bertha Folksy shop.