Thursday, 31 May 2012

Fine Living: Window Seat


When I was little, one of my favourite spots was the musty old sunporch at my grandmother's cottage. I would snuggle up on the old sofa bed, surrounded by pillows, and spend hours lost in a book. When the thunderstorms roared across the lake, I watched in fascination from the safety of my cosy corner.

In my own home now, I have a window seat overlooking a different lake. Sitting there with a good book is my idea of "fine living".

I took the image from a photo, reduced it to a line drawing, and traced it onto heat-away stabilizer. Once the basic shapes had been fused into place on muslin, I pinned the stabilizer to the project and stitched the line using heavy black thread. This was a good opportunity to try a slight variation on a technique that I have used a lot in the last few months, and which I have been asked to teach.

(Thanks to Dianne, whose cottage's "cozy corner" was an inspiration for a drawing last summer.)

9 comments:

  1. Heather, it is the sublime pared-down simplicity of your work that is so appealing to me. Every stitch counts and has been carefully thought out. Like the addition of blocks of colour.

    Hilary

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  2. Another simplistic but picture perfect piece.

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  3. Heather, I remember so well your line drawing from last summer, and also how impressed I was with your drawing skills. I love the way the black lines don't exact follow the colour blocks. What a great piece!

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  4. i think you said last time we met that a good artist can be identified a mile away because of their unique style. i immediately identified this as 'heather's.' beautiful. love your interpretation, colors and technique

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  5. You have really captured cosy! And I agree that there is something "cosy" about the way that the lines don't follow the colours.

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  6. Great simplicity in the design, soothing colour choices and a fun twist to the whimsical stitching! Love this Heather!

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  7. I love that you added color to your "line drawing" for this piece! Very artistic and effective! I LOVE to read in window seats, too, and envision a good book laying just out of the frame. Well done!

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  8. You have captured that special corner so amazingly well and not being able to see through the windows just makes it that much more cozy. I can just imagine sitting there with a marvellous book and every now and again looking out from your comfy vantage point. Love the colour and composition.

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  9. Pam, if you're interested in reading something further about "Developing a Style", you can have a look at Elizabeth Barton's latest blog posting: http://elizabethbarton.blogspot.com

    And thank you for your encouraging comments.

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