Come into the garden, Maud,
I am here at the gate alone
(Lord Alfred Tennyson)
My first finish for 2010 -- Maud's Garden. The beginning lines of this poem have always "spoke" to me. I started on this last Fall. Thanks to a blizzard, the holiday days off from work and lots of determination (in between bouts of shoveling snow), Maud is finished, and is now hanging in my living room.
This piece is all collaged fabrics on top of a black batting base. (Note to self: do not sew on top of batting again -- it's messy and will drive you crazy). A variety of fabrics were used, everything from cotton to velvet. The fairy, the moon with the owl, and the little fairy house were made by using rubber stamps on fabric and adding fabric paint and colored pencils. The rest of the images are appliqued from my huge stash of novelty fabrics. This is all raw edge applique. Hundreds of beads and charms complete the piece. Lots of stitchery -- even my first attemps at bouillion knots.
It is backed and bound in black. Most importantly, IT IS FINISHED!