Inspired by this photo of Foxgloves I printed it onto silk organza, mounted it on fine linen fabric and then added lightweight wadding to the back, basting all three fabrics together.
I then used a combination of machine and hand stitching to quilt and embellish the scene. The work is done very much ‘free hand’ and I just add threads and stitches as the mood occurs, gradually building up the 3D design. The silk cocoons make perfect foxglove flowers and were embellished with tiny beads to indicate the pattern inside the individual flowers.
I have several hundred textured and hand dyed threads and used various shades of green to resemble the wild mixture of vegetation surrounding the flowers. The individual, short lengths of thread were couched onto the fabric by machine and then those at the forefront of the design were added by hand stitching. Hours of work!
The finished picture was then ‘framed’ with a flat, hand dyed ‘thread’ that picked out the colours in the landscape. My husband then made a beautiful wooden, box frame in which the picture was mounted.