This is the final piece in this series and I'm running out of interest and compatible scraps of fabrics. The Victorian broderie anglaise on the sides started off a stark white, a little dye paint toned it down. The daisy trim in the middle is very grey and it won't take dye because it's polyester so I will paint it with acrylics to tone in with the daisy shapes in the other three canvasses and that blue is just a bit much, so when I come to stitch that area I'll probably tone it down with a layer of white cotton organza which will take a dye paint if I need to knock it back even more. I've dispensed with the vylene in the sandwich of fabrics I'm simply using a layer of cotton, soft batting and the vintage scraps on top. It is hard on fingers sewing into this piece with relatively small stitching but it needs the bulk of the layers to add to the texture.
I already have an eye to the next piece of work. I want to intensify this palette of colours so I have started to collect some fabrics and bits together with a view to working on a much larger canvas.
The beads came from the African fabric stand at Cottenham last Sunday. Despite not being on top form I enjoyed the show and the exhibits and most definitely the retailers. It was also good to put faces to some of my fellow bloggers. Luckily the weather was more than kind on the day as the exhibits were in a separate building. I thought the layout fragmented the show somewhat but that is just an observation, it didn't seem to be an issue for others so maybe it was just me feeling a bit fragile.