When I sat down at the sewing machine Sunday night, I did not have a clear plan in place. But I had an idea. I’ve been taking photographs and looking at old ones to see how I might create something similar in fabric. While I still love the evergreen photo (you can see it here at: https://sewingmylifetogether.com/2014/02/17/photography-and-a-new-quilt/), I was not sure I could make this photo in fabric with the tools and materials I have on hand.
But the one that caught my eye was one from last summer. I love the beach and beach scenes, particularly this winter when we have so much snow.
Big question: What do I have to do to recreate this image? (or create an adaptation of it). Here is the ‘anatomy’ of the steps I take.
First, I have to create the beach grass. I pulled out my burlap, and spent a couple of hours fraying the different colors. Here are some examples:
The first photo is the total amount of fibers I culled from several sets of colored burlap; the second is fabric which is grey/blue in color that I am fraying. Finally, here is a photo of yellow fabric that I have yet to fray:
Which one should be the ocean? The fence posts? The umbrellas?
By the way, spending my time doing this is nerve-wracking; it’s not like sewing a quilt and following a pattern. I could spend many hours trying the create this and not have a quality finished product.
So I found some lace, chose the sky and the ocean, and at about 5:30 tonight I have completed this much:
Give me a few days; I’ll either have a completed project that I like or I will have one to toss.
What is important is that I am loving this process, even though I am nervous about the results.