Sunday, May 23, 2010

I went to visit a village...


...and a very pretty little village it was too.

Let me tell you about the journey...




I have had a new wooden frame sitting in my sewing room I've had for ages, wanting to be inspired and create something with it. I decided to paint it and collage it. I also got a nail and hammer and belted the nail into the wood several times to give it a kind of aged look.
Paint and collage are totally not me, give me fabric any day! I'm not sure if I like the words, but I was trying to use what I had in my sewing room and I just happened to have some vintage sheet music, and this was the title of the song. I glued some scrapbooking paper onto the hardboard at the back of the frame.



Then I found some fabric scraps, very small pieces, and a little batting. I used whatever thread was in the machine, and dropped the feed dogs for a bit of free motion stitching.



I tried not to lift the needle at all, stitching as fast as I could which gives the house a more random feel. If you free motion slowly, your house will be neater, but I didn't want that look.



I used some scraps that had had paint spilled on them



Added a couple of random birds



A few random french knots and a little hand stitching



And the houses start to take shape




I glued a couple of flowers to the frame




Added a button or two




And a small village started to emerge!





Not such a great pic, but you get the picture!
Whoever thought creating a village would be so easy?


Carole :)

16 comments:

Debby said...

What a beautiful village, awesome.
Debby

Jenxo said...

iTs beautiful i love little houses , i have a little collection from all over the world.
I love how how freemotioned onto the painty fabric and the hand embroidery just brings it alive.... gorgeous!!

Ali Honey said...

Well done. That's lovely old village.

Lindi said...

It's lovely. What a great idea!

Jennifer said...

That is so pretty! and a great way to use up bits and pieces.

Charlotte said...

I love the village, it's so cute!! Oh and nice rats tail!

Deb said...

Wow, that looks really cool Carole, you are so clever.
hugs Deb

Bunty said...

Really lovely and so spontaneous! You are very clever!

Barbara

ShabbyChicShaz said...

I've just found your blog and I love it. Your artwork is so adorable.

Oxana said...

BEAUTIFULL!!!! I love it!!!

Chookyblue...... said...

very cool...........I want to have a go at this.........would a glass of wine help......

Doreen G said...

A lovely village Carole--but where are the village people singing tonight.

~*~Patty said...

It's brilliant Carole, paint and collage ARE your thing I believe!
You must be so pleased with how this turned out ... I must figure out how to drop my feed dogs LOL

Margaret said...

fab! love these! I picked up a book on free motion stitching in Minerva! can't wait to have a go too!

Linda said...

Love it...love it!!!!!! I can't drop my feed dogs. I need a new machine. I still do some free motion stitching..but it's harder and neater...I'm SO restricted! rofl

Diane said...

This is adorable! And free motion quilting on it is perfect!

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