Tuesday, April 15, 2014
sugar maple :: Acer saccharum :: love of leaves
So glad to hear from people far and near who are interested in stitching/beading/following along with the leaves.
For mine I have decided to make 2 blocks of each leaf to eventually piece into a quilt. Representing each in green as well as their fall coloring and also common name and scientific name. Kinda nerdy but I like it. I painted my green leaf with a wash of Pebeo Setacolor Transparent fabric paint. I used that same green and also a bit of turmeric! in water for the yellow leaf. ( I have a hot iron handy to quick set the wet paint (or turmeric) so it doesn't bleed too much. Keep the iron moving or you will get steam marks in the color. Be warned this may transfer some color to your iron. ) For light colored paintable fabric your own repurposed (or thrifted) all cotton sheets make for some quality yardage and that's what I have used here.
This is the back of the green leaf showing the piece of flannel backing for stability. I like to just use a simple backstitch to embroider the line work.
I finished up the yellow leaf in between other things today. My back doesn't do well with lots of sitting so I have one of those sort of kneeling office chairs for computer work. This makes my lap not at all horizontal but Eva still insists on sitting on it sometimes - claws out of course to secure herself against the slope.
I am so excited to have some Indiana friends and neighbors along for the leaves. Please let me know if there's anything I can share or show you. I have everything on hand to get you started. Also, thanks to all who shared their links in the comments of the last post. It's very inspiring to see what everyone is working on.