Landscape Postcards – the inspiration!

 

I said a few posts ago that I would tell how I made the landscape postcards, some of which I have sent out to people on a group I am in.

The inspiration mostly came from a train journey I took between Gloucester and Newport several months ago. The railway line goes along the valley of the River Severn and the horizontal lines of the landscape struck me. I took several videos with my camera as I went along and here is one of them:

The video isn’t very good but to get it best for YouTube you have to alter the format and I didn’t know how to do this so I thought it would give you the general idea anyway…

When I thought about making them, I decided to layer lots of different colours of the green dyed fabric I dyed in September, stitch the lines of the hedges and field lines roughly and cut back. I observed that the closer ones were the darker, clearer colours and the furthest away were lighter, greyer, fuzzier. I drew some rough sketches to guide me. Here are a couple of them:

sketch of landscape

sketch of landscape

sketch of landscape

another sketch of landscape (very rough!)

I then layered the green fabrics in rough order of cutting, with some sheers as well to add interest and light reflections – in one of them there is water – and sewed the lines with my feeddogs down. Then cut back layers roughly, not always neatly along the stitching lines to add the impression of shadows and uneven hedges. You can see that in the following picture:

fabric postcard of landscape

fabric postcard of landscape

I used blue sheer fabric in this one. When I had cut them back to my satisfaction, I free machined trees on some of them:

fabric postcard of landscape

fabric postcard of landscape

(This is the one represented by the first sketch above).

I then trimmed the sides to postcard size and, before finishing off the postcards, I was very efficient and scanned them all! I then printed off some of the scans on our laser printer and stuck in samples of the fabrics I used, in case I decide to use these as samples for a bigger series.

Here is another photo at this stage:

fabric postcard of landscape

closer view

Then I zigzagged around some and others I just framed with straight stitch:

fabric postcard of landscape

fabric postcard of landscape

fabric postcard of landscape

When I had cut away the fabric to reveal the layers underneath, I had lots of cut fabric in the shapes of the fields and hills, so I decided to use these to make more postcards! I used some of my painted papers as a background and sewed them on. Here is one of them:

fabric postcard of landscape

mixed media fabric postcard of landscape

I also decided to fuse some, and I had some fabric which I had already bonded some fusible web to, so I used that…. here is an example of that!

fabric postcard of landscape

So there you are – how I started making a few postcards and ended up getting carried away as usual!!

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