Friday, January 4, 2008

The Paris Wall hanging for my son

In January, 2007 I started the Paris wall hanging for my son, Jason. I knew whatever I did needed to be more masculine than my usual flowers so I was definitely "out of my box." I did have an idea, however, and began by drawing it on paper. A fiber tree would start in the bottom right block and end in the top left. One of twelve scenes from Paris snapshots would be reproduced on silk in sepia tones and placed on each block.

I pieced 12 blocks and drew my tree design. Now it was time to begin making my tree. One of my very favorite tools is the Diva Custom Cord maker. I selected the fibers I wanted to use plus one strand of beads for sparkle. Layout was important and leaving enough cord to continue the tree when the blocks were stitched together had to be taken into consideration.

With the trunk stitched in place it was time to begin attaching leaves. I dyed silk in three shades, cut out the leaves and burned the edges. What a great feeling it was to have all those little leaves stitched down. When the blocks were stitched together I knew I would need additional leaves so those were set aside.

Now for the embellishing...without flowers....almost an impossible task. In September, I put the finishing touches on each block and stitched them together. I attached the mitered borders, backed it in beautiful crushed velvet, and completed it by tying. I gave it to him when we visited in November. A special gift for a very special son.


Jules said...

You are off to such a great start. I will be visiting every day!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Those leaves just bring the whole thing together.
Beautiful job!!!!

Judith said...

Hi Barbara, this is the first time I have seen the completed hanging for Jason and it is exquisite. He must love it and be so proud of his Mummy. Your leaves are fantastic and I would really love to see some close ups if you are going to post them that is.
tons of love

Debra Spincic said...

Beautiful Piece! Welcome to Blogland!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

What beautiful work you do!! Sons are people too - I have four of them who appreciate beauty and would love something like this with a bit more masculinity as you have done. Thanks to Allie for directing us to your blog - I'll stop in often for entertainment and inspiration. (the blog itself is also pretty)

Lin Moon said...

OOOOOOh, do tell how you made those leaves! The whole thing is gorgeous!
Welcome to Blogland!

Meg in Albuquerque said...

Your work is so beautiful. I love the burnt edge technique for making leaves. I've also used it for bird feathers.