Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The Fairy Door
Sharon Boggon has issued a challenge: Take It Further. On the first of each month, she will give a few words or a few colors for inspiration. I didn't participate in January. For February, she posted colors that reminded me of tree bark and sky. I had been wanting to do a tree with a fairy door for some time...I chose a batik fabric for the tree trunk. I then sculpted the fabric by sewing in lengths of felt on the back side. This gave bumps and texture. I quilted the fabric and added some tulle in several places. Then, I sprayed it with Walnut Ink, lightly stamped it with gold fabric ink and added beads. I beaded a hand-made face and added it towards the top of the tree. I made the door from a brown taffeta, added the gold stitching for the "boards" and found a brass finding for the door arch. Next to the door is a spiral on a sign post- must be the fairies help me with my herbal business, Green Spiral Herbs! Fogloves and daisies in silk ribbon are in the garden, as well as bell flowers and little flowers made of French knots. On the left side garden are bead faces that make up a row of flowers. The roots of the tree are made of many different fibers and threads. I've also added pearls, beads, gnomes and other things to the roots. The sky has been quilted with fairy and butterfly motifs, although they are difficult to capture in a photograph. I haven't added borders yet, but may add a fairy quotation of some such.