A couple of years ago we were holidaying on the north west coast of Scotland and one evening, as I was working in the kitchen, I saw this strange reflection that was actually on the window glass but appeared to be out in the garden among the vegetation. I had to photograph it as I thought it would make an interesting embroidery/quilting project.
A few months later I saw the fabulous fabrics and that gave me the idea straight away for the ‘landscape’ project. I stitched together the three pieces of fabric that make up the sea, land and sky features and then basted them to wadding. I then machine quilted the panels, following the varying colours in the fabric design. The little croft houses were made with hand coloured, pelmet vilene and glued to the background fabric. Embroidery stitches were added by hand to give the indication of vegetation around the buildings.
The background of the ‘window’ panel is made with various fabrics for the sky and vegetation, with the wall fabric added last of all. The croft house is made of white paper and glued to the background fabric. The panel was then over embroidered with a combination of machine and hand embroidery to both quilt and emboss the surface. The wall fabric was then added and machine quilted along the lines of individual stones. The ‘window’ panel was then attached to the main panel by stitching on a border of matching flat, hand dyed thread, which formed a frame for the piece.
Extra 3D effects were added to the bottom right foreground of the main panel using had painted and heat treated Tyvek, couching textured threads, adding hand embroidery stitches and then glueing on some tiny shells. The finished panel is 44 inches long and 15 inches wide.