Yesterday I started on my new Meadow Art project and had SO much fun with it!!
As I started, I decided to stabilize the initial fabric base so that there wouldn’t be too much scrunching up as I added stitching. I used a thin fabric with fusing on one side and ironed the two pieces together …..
The fabric was sized at 14×19 inches, although it looked a LOT bigger than that when I was staring at a blank canvas…..
Following the instructions, I started tearing strips of fabric, making sure that I had lots of strings on the edges. You know, the things that we normally HATE when we tear fabric…..
I also cut/tore burlap, flannel and silk and added those to the mix. When it looked balanced…..
…. I took it to the machine and sewed each piece down, staying close to the torn edge……
Next, I started adding bits of trim and lace…..
….and went back to the machine to secure them to the background. At this point I realized just how much I like my Juki machine……
It is a workhorse!!!
After each step, I ironed the piece from the back, just to make sure that it stayed relatively flat…..
I failed to take a photo of the next step, but I used cotton thread to sew in some flower stems, grass and other linear elements.
At this point the instructions suggested putting a heavier yarn in the bobbin and sewing textural lines but I didn’t really want to mess with my bobbin so decided to switch to my other sewing machine and couch the threads instead. I had this thread/yarn in my stash……
….and thought that the extra texture might be nice.
My trusty Viking machine came to the rescue and I was able to use the couching foot……
…..to attach the yarn.
This is where I stopped on the first day……
….and I am really happy with the texture that has appeared. My only concern is whether the darker threads will be covered by the paint, but I think that I can make it work even if they don’t cover well.
The next step is to apply paint and then to start doing more embellishments.
I CAN’T WAIT!!!!