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.
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.
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.
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.