Virginia Wildflower Tapestry Continued

The best-laid plans of mice and men…  I fully intended to be writing in this blog on a daily basis. At least, on a weekly basis. But it seems I have been spending all my time creating and not really posting the processes I am going through.

I am about to make a trip to Bedford, VA. This is my hometown. I’ve been away for almost 40 years. I am in the process of buying a wonderful little cabin to live and work as an artist for the rest of my life.


of course, there is a little anxiousness, as well as the excitement of a new adventure.And so I am trying to catch up on my blogging to let you see all I have been creating. So here is the rest of the information on the Virginia Wildflower Tapestry,  as well as a new blog on the SMALLS that I have been creating for galleries and for inventory of the new studio/gallery in Bedford.


The Violet began as a pencil sketch on muslin.

The Violets

I created a paper template for the 3 parts of the petals
Ater stitching around the edges of the pattern pieces for stability and texture, I then used permanent ink fabric pens to paint the petals and add details.
Each of the Violets is assembled in layers and then stitched to hold the centers together but allow the petals to have the freedom to move.
VAriety in size and in colors is important for me!
here you see them as they are laid out on the background of batiks I chose for liveliness and movement behind the Violets. 
And here is the final panel with the thread painting and the texturing before the binding I put on and it is added to the Tapestry.


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