Saturday, 25 September 2010

Beginning to fill the pages.

At last I have a couple more completed pages to show you, though the above layout is still under construction. The colour I used for the capital T looked perfect until I had finished it! I shall do another letter in a better shade and also have to decide how, or even whether to use the stamped tissue on the right of the page and what else to include. I have a piece of thyme from the garden being pressed in a nice heavy book but it wont be ready for some time.

I think this page is complete though I might add a decorative capital C just above the little embroidered square on the right hand page. I did this by working free machine embroidery on water soluble fabric, then applied it to calico and frayed the edges. The plant material on the far right is pressed chamomile from the garden under a piece of acetate and the strip design on the far left is a photocopy mounted on a strip of handmade paper and coloured with glaze pens. The three daisies are paper flowers which I found in a craft shop.

I drew and coloured the crab apples in each corner then tore them out, aged the edges with Distress Ink and machine stitched them in place. The leaves were coloured in the same way as the apples using water soluble pencils and stuck in place. The picture of blossom is from a magazine, mounted on handmade paper and aged as before and machined in place using an automatic stitch. I think there is enough on this page - even a capital letter might be too much.

I have just realised that I have passed my second bloggy birthday - it was on 17th September - how time flies. I must find out how many posts I have made.
The sun is shining and as I am a fairweather gardener I should be out there doing something useful. Goodness knows there is plenty to be done.

8 comments:

Carol Q said...

I really enjoyed studying the close ups of your pages Heather. You've incorporated so many different techniques, it's fascinating. Coming on beautifully.

Heather said...

Thanks Carol. I'm having fun with this project mainly because I know I don't have to come up with a price for it, or think about who might buy it and where it will be displayed. It may be exhibited one day but with 'NFS' on the ticket.

carlseapatch said...

I love the texture and colours of the background 'patchwork' of layers. Great subject matter too.

maggi said...

Gorgeous pages Heather. You are right about the T, it is lovely but is being too much of a diva in that colour.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Heather I do love those pages and would love to do something like this - I think the hard part is probably getting started - would you agree?

downunderdale said...

Wonderful pages Heather and a very happy anniversary!
Love Dale

sharon young said...

Your pages are truly lovely, Heather, they have such a gentleness about them and remind me of medieval herbal remedies, maybe because I'm studying that period at the moment.
If you ever find yourself in Arundel, Sussex, the Wetland Centre there has a wonderful collection of herbs and their uses, I've long promised myself to make it a study for a project.

Linda said...

These pages are lovely Heather...I especially like the ones in the middle photo. You've achieved just the right 'feel' for a book on herbs. (Sorry - I can't think of a better word today...menopausal brain :-)