Thursday, May 8, 2014

Now for the hard part

My sketches of the woodlands in the fog were approved by Elizabeth so now the hard part begins….how to create this in fabric? I am excited and scared at the same time.

These were my sketches:




I am not surprised that she like the tall skinny one the best. Each time I edited my sketch in Photoshop I moved in that direction.  Here are her comments:

“Three sketches of a forest in the mist with subtle rearrangements of the composition each time...I do like the vertical composition presented in the vertical gives the trees more height and also forces us to peer into the mist itself.  the skinny branches form a kind of focal area and also help us to move around the piece.  the sense that the fog is thicker near the ground is well done.  Removing a lot has really helped to create the atmosphere.

I would make the piper almost indistinct...let him merge with the trees so that you don't see him at first..imagine the skirl of the pipes in the far distance, softened and muffled by the fog....

very well've addressed the assignment accurately and sensitively.  It is not about a beauty spot that everyone sees, but rather about one that you have observed where perhaps others have missed (mist!) it....”

She must have read my mind about the piper. I was going to make it difficult to see him in the mist. I think I will call this quilt “Misty Morning Piper.” That way the viewer will have to look into the mist to try to find the piper.  Plus it is good that I edited out the trees on the left hand side. I think they distracted us from looking into the fog. I have come a long way since January when the sketches I created for the lesson needed a lot of work. So I am learning something!



Here is my handsome piper husband. Aren’t I lucky that I get to hear bagpipes just about every day? I love bagpipes. I guess that is a good thing or hearing them every day would make me crazy. Do you like bagpipes?

So now I am going to go through my stash of fabrics plus I am dyeing some today as well to see if I can pull off this scene. The clock is ticking…it is due blocked out by the 20th. I keep telling myself that this can be done. I think if I am successful it might lead to a series on fog.

Thanks for reading and I appreciate your comments.

Linking to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday. I am anxious to see what she is doing for this lesson plus what others are doing this week.




  1. I DO like bagpipes, always excited when they show up in a parade. There's a very active group over in Spokane (about an hour and a half away) so there are lots of opportunities to hear them. However, not sure I'd like to live with one. I well remember the husband practicing his trumpet, which at first was enjoyable, then almost drove me nuts. Those exercises, the scales...I knew things had gone too far when I caught myself humming one of them!

  2. These look like a wonderful start. Isn't Elizabeth the best teacher/mentor?

  3. The sketches are wonderful, can't wait to see how you interpret them in fabric.

  4. I love your sketches and bagpiper idea. And I'll admit my second thought was, How is she going to do this in fabric? It will be fun to see how you solve it.

  5. Yes, your sketches are terrific and I look forward to seeing them in fabric. The addition of the piper will be so interesting.

  6. Your class with Elizabeth sounds enjoyable. I love following your progress and thoughts.

  7. Think your ideas of the fog *and piper) are great. I have tried to do a fog scene *still unfinished) without success. It was a memory from my childhood nd I still would like to try again. Looking forward to seeing your finished piece. You and Nina Marie make me want to take Elizabeths class but I don't have the talent you 2 have. Ruth


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