Posted by: maureenc | April 8, 2013

Accidental Landscapes

Sunset glowLake sunsetUsing the technique  popularised by Karen Eckmeier I tried making some” accidental landscapes” in Postcard format. With “accidental landscapes, one starts layering at the top of the scene. Each subsequent layer is topstitched in position, rather than the  raw edge applique I normally use.. And instead of using toning threads to sew down each layer I used Superior clear monofilament….I realise now that was a mistake. and in the future will avoid a short-cut in order to obtain a better result.

I wish I could say that I was happy with the resulting landscapes, but feel I need repeat the exercise in a size larger than 6 by 4 inches. Also, adding some Angelina fibre plus a copper thread for “glitter” on the sunkissed water was  “too much” for such a small format.

Mountain lake

Cards 3 and 4 I used a softer fabric to represent the sky. and more greens for the hillsides: I still didn’t manage to incorporate the SEVEN that Eckmeier suggest using!
Oh well back to the drawing (and cutting board)
But that will need wait until I complete a couple of other postcards with different themes.

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  1. This is a really great idea – we’re doing postcard swaps in our stitching group so we might try this method! =D

  2. Thanks Rita! I used the raw edge applique landscapes in Round 16 on PMA and these were made for PCMA. I now want to try larger format for my online Landscape group

  3. love your landscapes,,, that is the method I use, and love it.. I have to work at making them into other shapes, I seem to get stuck in “humped” shaped hills.

  4. Maureen I have enjoyed looking at all your posts on fabric postcards! Wow your blog is sew full of information, and I am enjoying it. You are a busy and creative lady! I always enjoy receiving one of your postcards in our PCMA swaps! Sheree in Michigan 2014

  5. Sheree!
    Thank you for your kind words. As you don’t have “comments” activated on your blog I have emailed you privately.
    PLEASE activate “comments” on your new blog, you will have contact with more sewing aficionados who will delight in contact with you.

  6. You may not be happy with your top cards but I say they are fantastic. Love the water, the dramatic colours and reality of the cards.
    The other cards are beautiful also- so much so I am going to try some myself. Do you dye your sky fabric?

    • Maureen, thank you for visiting! I have been very lax the last six months with both stitching and blogging. Now that my DD and her dogs have moved on I hope to be more motivated.
      Regarding the sky fabric in those cards, they are all commercial fabrics, but occasionally I use my fabric paints or Inktense pencils and crayons if I want to add something “extra” to the fabrics.

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