A friend showed me her wool applique sampler of leaves from a class she took from Sue Spargo. I just loved it and decided I needed to try some wool applique. I love working with wool anyway. I'm cutting the shapes freehand. If I'm not sure, I'll cut the shape in scrap paper first.
This is my favorite. The threads are floss, perle cotton, wool, anything in the right color. Each is a 7" square and will go in a book.
Looking through scraps, I found this one and decided to make the hanging. It's 10 by 24" The stitching is with my hand painted threads. The binding is the same pieced fabrics as the band in the piece and was hard to turn and hand stitch, but I think it works. Satisfaction is using up stuff.
The photograph is one I took in the summer of a Dahlia in our front flower bed. It's the inspiration for the design. I decided to do it off center and make the flower the negative space.
This is the same photo using the negative feature in the Microsoft Picture It program. I love what that function does to photos. The ring is a painted paste paper cut out with the Sizzix Big Shot machine. The rest is pen work. The ink makes a sort of flower shape in the middle.
From a long ago design class, I remembered that we cut and "exploded shapes. The top is some hand painted paper cut in straight lines.
Then I decided I needed to try curved lines and this is the result. The cuts didn't show very well, so I inked them and extended the lines. To add interest, the checkerboard was colored in. The paper is a marbled one.