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.

13 comments:

Sarah said...

How utterly magical! I can feel the approach of Spring. Green blessings,

Tina Sams said...

Oh that's wonderful! I have to admit that I'm particularly drawn to what's happening beneath the surface. Those roots are enchanting.

Meg in Albuquerque said...

Your Feb. TIF is wonderful, it looks like it brought joy to do. Fairy houses are something I want to do one of these days.

Karen said...

Cool! Love your latest piece. Hope you do more this year with the challenge so we can see more of your work.

Geri said...

Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh ... oh, sighhhh ... oh, it's so unbelievably, utterly beautiful! I've printed it out so I can stare and stare at it.

Barbara Hagerty said...

This is so lovely! What a beautiful fantasy you have created! When I look at this I feel like I am part of your fairy tale! A beautiful piece!

susaneta said...

This is so interesting - how everyone goes off on quite a different line of thinking. Love the fairies place - something special.

Susan said...

What a beautiful, beautiful piece. I love the ants and bugs on the tree trunk. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Amy said...

The fiber filled roots are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Patti Eder said...

It sure is beautiful! You have amazing talent.
Patti Eder in Kenosha

Rengin Yazitas said...

What a nice! It is like a dream, indeed. I admired your fantasy to create this amazing project.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Beautiful, Betty! I especially love your SRE foxgloves!
Hugs,
Kerry

Rebekah Smith said...

oh my goodness!:-)

fabulous!:-)...beautiful!:-)

thank you!:-)

rebekah:-)

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