I had this idea to make a scarf with a girl on one end and a tree on the other. Falling and floating leaves connecting them.
I started working on it last week, but got sidetracked by putting my studio back in order and shipping all those orders from my Open House Online Gallery. But today I was back at it, figuring out how to make it work.
I was concerned about how the scarf would hang because in order to stitch my drawings I have to have batting to stitch onto.
But batting throughout the scarf would make it too stiff. So I did stitched my drawings on the hankie and batting, then cut away the extra batting. I did this with the single floating leaves too. Each one in a circle of batting.
Now it needed a backing. I couldn’t picture what kind of fabric should go on the back of the scarf. But in the past few weeks I’ve gotten three or four quilt tops that different people have sent me in the mail. One morning, between when I first started working on the scarf and today, when Jon and I were walking on McMillan Road, it came to me to use one of the quilt tops for the back of the scarf.
Erin sent me this quilt top, thanks Erin.
Between the colors and hexagon’s the Quilt top that Erin send me seemed just right.
So I sewed it onto the front of the scarf, but wanted to do some top stitching to hold the back to the front. I imagined a white serpentine line starting at the girl’s hand and moving around the leaves ending up at the tree. But when I stitched it, because there isn’t batting in those areas, the stitches were loose and because it was such a long run, I couldn’t get the line to flow without interruption. So I got out my seam ripper and took out the stitches, spritzed a little water on the holes the stitches made and ironed them out. Then I did a straight stitch over each hankie seam instead.
Now, the outline of the batting and some of the color from the backing can be seen through the white of the hankies. But I don’t mind either. The outline of batting helps make the stitchings stand out and I like the subtle color seen through the large area’s of white.
But, now that it’s all done, I’m thinking there’s altogether too much white and I want to make another one that has the girl and tree, but with more color. So I wouldn’t use the hankies, but a solid piece of fabric at least on the ends for the drawings. And maybe have some of the quilt top (this one or one of the other one’s I now have) on the front of the scarf as well as the back.
Let me know what you think and I’ll get started on the next one.