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Fabric landscape

A landscape made of wavy strips of coloured fabrics, complete with a metal tree with card leaves.

In a way, I have coronavirus to thank for the existence of this piece. I’ve been wanting to make something like this for absolutely ages, but finding suitable bits of fabric and digging out my rarely used sewing machine from behind my drawers always seemed like a lot of effort when there were plenty of other things I could be doing. And then COVID-19 came along and we needed masks and that meant I had to get the sewing machine out. And once I’d made a few masks, I had some offcuts that, combined with a few other bits, gave me enough fabric to make this landscape.

The wavy strips of fabric arranged on the base panel before stitching.

I cut a base panel out of some reasonably heavy cotton, then trimmed my scraps into wavy pieces and arranged them on it, tacking them into place with fabric glue once I was happy with the layout. Then I sewed them down with tiny zigzag stitches; that neatened up all the edges and added some interesting texture. I trimmed the excess fabric off the sides and glued the panel to a piece of handmade paper with torn edges.

Close-up of the sky with the card bird shapes.

It was pretty, but I wanted to do more…

I had a twig/branch charm in my stash of metal embellishments — really not sure where it came from, but I have two of them — which was just the right scale for a tree in this landscape.

Close-up of the metal tree with individually cut card leaves.

I glued it just off the edge of the fabric and then cut out 50+ tiny leaves and stuck them onto and behind the tree one at a time… I also cut a trio of birds from black card and glued them to the sky.

The final touch was to add a few stones at the base of the tree and along the riverbank before framing it.

Framed fabric landscape.

8 thoughts on “Fabric landscape”

  1. Oh this is great! What a great way to use up those scraps! I sold my sewing machine before the move and gave away all my fabric or this my be something that I borrowed. 😦 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! The leaves weren’t as bad as you’d think – just cut a strip of card as wide as length of the leaves and then cut curves to make the leaves. It took longer to glue them on, though a good pair of pointy tweezers really helps with that.

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