Recently, I did a textile art swap with Cathie Clevelandgirlie and I was so delighted with the wonderful piece Cathie made especially for me
Cathie didn't have an easy time with it and I love this piece all the more for that, for the love and thoughtfulness that went into it!
I have been waiting for the right time to show you. I wanted it to be nearer to Autumn time, but I cannot wait any longer
First of all, I want to show you the lovely extra goodies that Cathie showered me with, all in shades of "St. Ives" Blue and Copper and very soon I will show how I have used some of these treasures!
Lovely fabrics hand painted
dyed, melted and sewn by
Cathie, threads, sequins,
angelina fibre fabric
that Cathie had made,
stitched sheer fabric,
a lovely leaf button,
other gorgeous buttons
in aqua and copper
and a cute little inchie
Click on the picture
to see it larger!
My parcel came beautifully and lovingly wrapped in gold tissue paper
tied with tags made from lovely copper leaves and fibres
and this is the wonderful piece of textile art that she sent me in the colour and theme I asked for
The base is artist canvas layered with wool, yarn, silk rovings, lame bits, silk dupioni bits, metal mesh, scrim and other fibres, covered with organza, stitched then heated with a heat gun. The leaves were bought as a base. Cathie applied a piece of dryer sheet (similar to scrim) painted with metallic paints and cut to loosely cover each base leaf (which is only there for stability) and then free motion stitched the veins on top of the painted dryer sheet
Look at all the wonderful layers, textures, metallic shimmeriness and wealth of machine stitching, hand stitching and beaded detail. I am truly blessed to own this beautiful piece of textile art which she made especially for me
The hanger is a branch from an oak tree which Cathie sanded down and stained. Perfect for this leaf hanging
Her work is exquisite and I just keep looking and looking at it and seeing more and more detail
Look at those tiny beads
There is so much texture in the background layers of this piece it reminds me of tree bark
Cathie left the edges unfinished/organic which I really like because nature is raw!
Isn't it wonderful?
Cathie added a thoughtful touch on the back of the piece. These are special words and Cathie signed it for me
I feel blessed to have Cathie as such a good friend and I am honoured to have a piece of her beautiful work in my home
THANK YOU CATHIE ♥