House and home

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This is a quick post today, to some extent to show I am still alive.

I am planning a series of events with a visiting quilter from the US, Marybeth Stalp, and one of them involves a workshop in which we will invite participants to make something as we are talking.  I thought that it would be nice to have a domestic theme, and that we could make houses.  Houses have nice simple shapes and are something we can all have a go at making recognisable.  So I have been making some samples.  This is my first attempt.  The house itself has got to be achievable over the course of the workshop, but I know from experience that people are going to ask what they can do with them.  So I put this one on a backing fabric and all of a sudden it became a tree house, so I added some leaves and a bird.  It’s become a bird tree house.  I am really interested in that conversation with the materials, when the picture tells you what it wants.  This one wanted to be a bit whimsical, and possibly, and this might be fanciful, it wanted to remind me of the importance of living creatures and their needs for home as well us humans.

As usual, this is made entirely from scrap fabric which would otherwise go into landfill, including the thread which came from surplus floss for embroidery kits.  The bead for the eye and the button for the doorknob came from a tin my mother found at the back of a shelf.

 

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3 thoughts on “House and home

  1. it is spring here in South Africa! i have set up bird feeders and my bird bath outside my studio window so i can watch the birds feeding close up! your little picture is so inspiring as i watch these natural little creatures every day! maybe i will get to art them too . . .

  2. Dear Ann, you frequently say that the fabrics you use would otherwise go to landfill – but one can recycle textiles. Many places have textile banks alongside bottle banks. Where I live they are labelled Textiles, not Clothes, so I do put fabric offcuts in. (Though turning remnants into little works of art is even better, of course) Just wanted to point out that it’s not an either/or choice.

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