March 12, 2014

Can't see the forest for the...



You guessed it! 

So, here are my tree trunks laid in around the cottage. Obviously, they're going to need some fullness, so...





A first layer of leaves, which are stitched down, and then:



A second layer (not yet stitched down). Lest you think there's not much difference, observe:


A tree with one layer of leaves on the left, and with two layers of leaves on the right. 

                  

And now here we are with the fabrics chosen and the trunks that were made out of them.

Striped fabric is actually a favourite of mine to use as a "straight" tree trunk. What I mean by that, is if I'm not going to incorporate the fabrics with others through my embellisher, just a striped fabric with a little stitch is often enough to convey "tree" with no need for anything else. This particular one is very similar to a cherry bark - that deep burgundy with orangey-rusty and black bits is perfect for a background cherry tree. 

(But sadly, this lovely wool is the very last bit of it I had. I can pull off maybe one more tree out of it, but then, alas, I shall have to find something else.)



   

It's hard to believe, isn't it? ;)


                     

 And then this one is a perpetual favourite, both on it's own and incorporated with other fabrics in the embellisher.



And I am including this rather terrible photograph, only to tell you that when I was scrolling by it in my photos, my heart literally stopped. This cottage and its trees are supposed to be in the far background - and noticeable; but not a focal point. This picture made me wonder whether, in fact, these background pieces are too big and I'll have to make some major adjustments along the way. 

Only time will tell.  

(Aiyee!)







P.S. If you're here for WIP Wednesday, welcome! :)

18 comments:

Beth said...

I am still wondering how you ever figured out that those really bizarre fabric equaled tree??????? When you say embellisher, do you mean a needle felting machine? Is that how you attach the trees?

cauchy09 said...

wow wow wow! i'm always intrigued by your exploits. and those tiny leaves are...well, i just bow down to your patience.

CityHouseStudio said...

Absolutely amazing! What beautiful art you are creating!

arlee said...

Looking at the whole, i thought maybe you had intended to "say" more in the foreground--the freshness of the green is what attracted me: can you add to that part and tell the story?

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Kit Lang said...

For sure there's going to be more in the foreground. What's on it right now is about 1/10 of what's going to be happening in the end. All this stuff will be (mostly) hidden, in the end I expect. :)

Monica said...

This is going to be an incredibly rich piece, Kit! I love it already, and I must say I'm very inspired too!

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Totally the way to do trees! I do my black and white birches with crazy fabric. It is perfect!
Kit, that first image looks like a finished piece already! Gonna be a beauty once you are done !! :)

Kit Lang said...

Yes, I do. I never know what to call it! Some people say needle felter and mean a hand held contraption, some people say embellisher and mean a needle felting machine. I've always called my needle felting machine a needle felter, but lately, it seems more people are calling it an embellisher. What's a girl to do?

SIGH

(lol!)

Renee said...

Wow beautiful quilt! I love the details on the house and the trees!

elle said...

I see you are still in the forest! ;~) Great trees!

Margaret said...

So many leaves, and so lovely! It's such fun to see something that I couldn't possibly do myself.

One English Teacher said...

I enjoyed seeing how those trees came together. I'm with the commenter above as I express amazement that you can take that piece of fabric and see a tree emerge from it. That's so cool!

Jodi B. said...

Your work is beautiful. Your trees are very sophisticated.

Jo Ferguson said...

Thank you for sharing your process, it's fascinating. What's your background fabric? I also have an "embellisher" or "needle felter". I never know what to call it, either. I did hear someone call it "that punchy thing". Maybe I'll stick with that one.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Kit. Finally got a chance to stop by. As usual, I'm appreciating your tree effects. It was particularly interesting to see the fabrics you used.
Best, nadia

Regina said...

Thanks for reminding me that a piece of fabric can appear quite differently once it is cut smaller, not that I don't see this often... Your piece will be awesome, although I wonder what for this lovely cottage is supposed to be the back drop. It looks lovely as it is.

Maggi said...

This has really come to life.

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