This is my piece that contains mostly hand stitching, and boy ... was there a lot of it. So hopefully the next assignment will be quicker with more machine stitching.
My source was Anglo Saxon & Viking metalwork and art, so I used colours that were muted as their fabrics would have been rustic and woven. I've used rusted osnaburg as a backing fabric with a wool plaid as the main ground fabric, with purple/blue and gold to represent the wealth of the kings who acquired the fantastic metal work that inspired me.
It's then secured to a length of jarrah wood with black upholstery tacks, and hung by two hooks and a black chain.
I'm now just tallying up the cost of it, and finalising the instructions to make it and then I can sit back and catch my breath. Next step .... design a set of accessories.
Since the last post I did attend the Craft Fair at Perth Convention Centre last week. I go every year and am always waiting to be bowled over by something new and exciting, but it seems there's just nothing new out there. Have we been saturated with craft, or is it just me ?! Where's all the embroidery and textile work? Years ago you used to see lots of hand stitching and heirloom work ... where's it all gone?
I'm hoping to go to Brisbane in June to attend the Textile Fair over there. Unfortunately its not coming to Perth, so it means a 5 hour flight ... hope its worth it. I'm hungry for idea's and stimulation. Thank God for the internet!!