Tuesday, March 08, 2011

More Maple Leaves


Satisfied with the results of my test (see last post here), I've now finished up the other two leaf stamp pieces by mounting them over stretched canvas. You may recall that I had constructed large 4-patches from tie silk as the background for the stitched leaf stamp charms. Since the silk was stabilized with fusible interfacing before cutting and I knew this would be mounted around stretched canvas, I didn't feel it necessary to back it further with Decor Bond as I did with the Strawberry Moon variations. However, I did plan to satin stitch the charm's raw edge and attach it to the background in one step. To prevent draw-up and distortion, I used Sulky's Totally Stable - a tearaway stabilizer that has a freezer paper-like coating that allows you to iron it to your fabric rather than having to pin or use basting spray to keep it in place. Worked like a charm.


And here are the finished pieces: Idaho Maple Leaves I & II, stretched over 10" x 10" canvases. They would look great, I realize, in floater frames. In fact, because of the silk, it would probably be a good idea to do that. I've already noted that one of the silks is prone to snagging, so preventing actual handling of the silk would be a good thing. But for now, they will go into the exhibit like this, hopefully one on either side of the bigger Idaho Maple. I think they make a nice pair - perhaps someone else will think so too and just have to take them home...


















While I was preparing these images for the blog (still struggling to get accurate colors throughout each piece), I was distracted by a moose looking in at me. You can see more pictures of my neighborhood moose here.


6 comments:

Amo said...

They do make a lovely pair. Looking forward to seeing them altogether.

Are moose and oooo moment or an eek momnet for you over there?

The Idaho Beauty said...

Well, it depends. It's "oooo" if I'm inside when I spot one, "eek" if I'm outside and don't spot it until I'm almost on top of it - something that has happened to me several times. They've been known to charge, so it's always a case of, oh oh, nice moosie moosie... I maintain a healthy respect for these big guys, even though they can come across as so docile.

Sherrie Spangler said...

The leaves are lovely, but the moose is spectacular!

BC said...

Have you considered pressing the moose in a book?

The Idaho Beauty said...

Oooo, that would be one BIG book!

Deborah said...

The leaves are lovely and that is an incredible photo of the moose!