Monday, September 08, 2008

Stone Wall Inspiration

This arch is for Hannah.
One of the themes she chose is Nature and she likes blues, green, golds, and purples.

Well this isn't strictly nature but is inspired by the walls in Devon.

We have lots of lovely dry stone walls and cob and stone walls.
Cob is a mixture of earth and clay.
I love the texture of these walls and the way moss clings to them. I have enjoyed seeing the rain sparkling on them this year too.

I think of these walls as part man made and part nature and a what a wonderful combination they make.

I started out making this arch by painting bondaweb and bonding it to organza. I blasted the fabric with the heat gun and allowed it to bubble and go quite hard in places.
I cut up this fabric into pieces I thought could represent stone slabs and stitched it down onto cotton velvet. I also put some strips of gold organza on and stitched them down and zapped with the heat gun again.
I added little beads to represent the raindrops, we have had a lot of them this year.

What you don't get here is the texture. It has a rough feel and I think feels a little like the stone wall it is made to represent. I hope Hannah thinks so too.


MargaretR said...

I love walls of all kinds Alis and especially the old stone walls. Yours has turned out beautifully.

Anonymous said...

I love this piece - such wonderful textures - cannot feel it but can see - would love to touch ;).

Kari Gibson said...

Oh, it is lovely - I have the same reaction to it that I have when I see a wall like these, I want to run my fingers along it!

Beautiful and wonderfully interpreted.

Angelcat said...

This is lovely Alis, the colours are beautiful and all of the wonderful textures just want to make me reach out and touch!