What better way to welcome Valentine’s Day than stitching a heart?
This was the lucky shot I captured on our recent trek to see the trumpeter swans visiting here from northern climes. When Jim tiptoed to the truck for a shorter lens, I caught them swimming and their long necks forming a heart, skewed perhaps; but I saw a heart! I like “wonky” in quilts anyway, so the heart they formed was perfect!
I printed the photo on silk fabric, layered it on wool and cotton batting. I quilted the entire photo with silk thread, then added hand stitching with a heavier red thread when done. Beads were hand stitched as eyes.
Some unknown person who tatted the edging on the placemat contributed to the piece as I used that as a mat for the photo. A bit of red fabric created an inner border.
All is stitched to a black canvas ready to hang on the wall. For Valentine’s Day, or any time one wants to think of love. Or visiting swans.
The photo image measures 7” x 10”. The finished canvas is 16” x 20”. Click on any image to enlarge it.
More details of the swans’ visit is detailed here, if you missed that one.
The atmospheric conditions yesterday morning were not what most people think of as a perfect day for photography. But since our destination was the cemetery, the dense fog was perfect!
We headed to Rose Hill Cemetery with a few devoted photography friends and I came home with lots of images for angelic quilts. An earlier post about my first Galadrielle quilt is here and includes a bit of history of this magical place.
Yesterday I captured images of some more angels that I think need to be on fabric.
Little Martha, made famous by the Allman Brothers, is especially pretty in the fog, I think.
Other angels spoke to me, too. This one sits atop the tomb of Parthenia Raines.
And here is a different interpretation of Galadrielle in fabric. This time, her image is stitched to a vintage placemat with elaborate embroidery. I added many pearl beads by hand, securing her to a remnant of an old quilt dipped in the indigo vat.
A reclaimed doily serves as the label on the back.