I actually enjoyed doing this page. I've taken another picture from Leah Evans and moved on from the previous page. Instead of using fabric, I've used paper and felt.
This isn't ordinary felt. This is recycled felt from wrapping canoes, so one side is slightly smooth and shiny, whilst the other is soft and feltlike.
The pieces that had the cut out holes in them were mounted over copies of old maps. One was of a town plan, the other an old map of Wales. Wales is where my father's family originates, and we lived there before coming up to Sheffield.
In a slight change, I think the London Underground is going to be worked on next.
London is where my parents grew up, where I was born, where my grandmother lived as I was growing up, and where the boys father was living when we were courting, so has an important place in our family history.
I took a sheet of paper and glued strips of felt to it. The strips were varying widths, as were the gaps between. Some of the pieces were shiny side up, some felt side, so there was variation in size and texture.
Once this was dry, I cut the sheet into four. Two pieces were laid on the page so that the stripes ran in opposite directions.
The other two pieces had circles cut from them. These were mounted onto the source image, so that the details ran in opposite directions.
All these pieces were then stuck into the ledger but you are able to lift each part to see the maps and pages below
I did say the next knitting I was doing wasn't going to be slippers. This little girl has, however, been made from the leftover yarn from the slipper making. I think her face is my favourite part.
This is only a small teddy, she is less than ten inches from head to toe. Her jumper is removable, so she could have an interchangeable wardrobe if she wished. Her features are sewn with yarn, so there are no choking hazards for small children.
We were hoping she was going to have a problem, but there was only enough yarn to give him one arm! I shall keep the pieces in my bag, just in case I use the same yarn again.
The fun with sampling has begun. Hopefully, I can bring some elements from both pages and go from there. The first sample has been done in fabric. I used raw edge applique to attach the black fabric, leaving lines of the fabric below showing. The next stage was to layer with batting, back with calico and quilt. The quilting lines represent the contour lines you would get on a map.
Taking this forward, I could do quilted panels for my finished piece. If I did that, I would take each place that has a relevance to me and the children, do a simplified representation of the place, and then put them onto a quilted panel. That is still an idea, nothing has yet been decided, other ideas may come to me as I try more samples.
As you can see, I've solved the problem of the green patch I didn't like, I've stitched my sample into the book. Now I only see it if I life up the sample. The next sample is in progress, no quilting involved.
It's been fun researching how other have used maps in their art. One of the artists I found was Leah Evans.
The image on the top page is a copy of one of hers that has been changed by proportional image scaling. If you go to her website and look at image 10, you can see the original.
I took from her images, the way she had totally simplified the landscape to lines and circles.
The bottom page is my interpretation of where I live. The green patch at the bottom represents the park, but I don't like it. That won't be going forward to another piece.
I am planning to do use this in paper and fabric and see how else this can be developed.
College was closed on Monday, so I had to delay my planned stitching, as Jonathan was home. Things quickly got back to normal, so a couple more hours have been spent on his cross stitch.
The two pictures show the before and after. After working on it a little while, it is getting easier to work out the colours and keep position on the chart, so I am thinking of working on this every week to get it finished. Once or twice a month will take a very long time.
Bit by bit, there is visible progress on my Alchemy class project. The page on the left is a copy of a photo of a map I have framed on my wall. I can't remember where I came from, all I remember is that it was in a book that my mum and dad had. The colours aren't true in the photo, but it will serve as a reminder of the starting point of this page. The real thing is in front of me every day.
The various aspects of the globe are shown in four circles on the map, so I've taken circles and used them for experimenting with ideas and for notes.
The top two are simplified versions of the world and a political map. I have memories of the political maps in the school atlas, and how those colours changed from one edition to another as world dominance changed. It reminds me now of a patchwork quilt.
The next circle is just a hand drawn sketch of the segments on the globe and ideas for development in needlework. The other information circle lists the inspiration sources and memories of maps at school.
The bottom circle on the left has been attached to the page. It is a simplified image of sea, sand, land, green land, and wooded areas. It's been made from scraps of fabric stuck onto paper as a collage, reminiscent of applique.
These ideas may or may not be repeated, but they have all gone to inform the process to the final piece. The final form has not yet been decided, but there are more ideas to develop on the next page.
This is some lace that has been gifted to me. A friend had bought it to make an over skirt for her wedding dress, but it never got used. She thought I could make something with it. Now, the pressure is on. I reall need to think of something lovely to make, but it will be a lot of thinking, there is a lot of it. In the meantime, I shall just sit and admire it, inspiration will come in it's own time.
After finally finding my table, and laying out a pink block, it is now sewn together. That has used up all the small pink squares I had, which is good. I was going to leave it there, but then I saw Linda's disappearing four patch units and I may have to cut into some fabric to make some. However, that's a decision for another day.
Another result from being at the sewing machine, I have two more crumb blocks, so that collection is still growing.
Now those two tasks are complete, there is even more space on the table. Hopefully, it will be put to good use today.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.