Posted by: maureenc | November 12, 2012

Out of Africa

The past couple of weeks , after the unsuccessful surgery, I haven’t been at all active  with my sewing.

However, with a few cooler days, and the surgery site not so tender I am getting back into the swing of things. My current project has an African influence, and , using “Hatched in Africa” motifs as a starting point I am”on the way”

These talented ladies (Hatched in Africa) have  a wonderful assortment of designs depicting African life : Animals;Ladies; Masks.the list goes on.

Because I have recently been engrossed in reading Lawrence Haevey’s   “Babylon’s Ark”

“Elephant Whisperer ” and “The last Rhino” I felt it only fitting to use African animals in this theme. Using some previously rusted fabric and a batik I stitched outlines of Elephant,Buffalo and Giraffe.

I have yet to stitch a Rhino.

On some of the pieces, you can see where I have used Derwent Inktense Pencils to add some vegetation. I thought this wasn’t going to be sufficiently distinct, so I have started adding hand stitching to complement the scene.Stranded DMC cotton is being used to build up the tree trunk,and some leaves.

Other leaves, using home dyed 1/4inch silk ribbon. I needed dye some fresh supplies of ribbon this morning and it struck me that it’s the first silk ribbon dyeing I have done in five years!! I will need correct that..and get back to my first love: Handwork!



  1. Sorry about the surgery. I like what you are doing with the sketches.

  2. These look great – and glad you are rediscovering your first love! May it help you heal … =D



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