Sunday, December 29, 2013

Building a Fabric House

Recently I was delighted to be part of a lovely conspiracy - making a house portrait for a mother to give her daughter as a surprise for Christmas. What made it even better was that the two parties concerned are dear friends, Sharon of the blog Sallymomsprouts and her daughter Anne of My Giant Strawberry.

First, a photo of the house from Anne's mom

Next, photos of Anne's pets, gleaned from her blog

Then, a drawing of the house

And a version in colored pencil and cut paper, with animal faces in the windows

Fabrics selected, shapes cut out and prepared for fusing

Picture fused and machine embroidered

Little faces in the windows

Border added with embroidered vine...

Picture completed and mailed in time for Christmas!!

Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish another project I had hoped to complete, but it is first on my list for the new year. Thank you for your patience, Julie.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend!


Karen L R said...


This is fabulous for so many reasons!!!!!!!


Vicki W said...

That's really lovely!

Anne Butera said...

I'm so glad you posted about how you created my lovely house portrait! It was so much fun to watch your creative process (you make it look so easy, but I know it's not!).

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will treasure it always.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Fabulous work of art!

Libby Fife said...

You did a super job! What a very sweet present:)

Andrea said...

Really nice process photos...thanks for posting!

Simone said...

I am sure they were both delighted as I would have been! It must have taken you ages to piece it all together. It is a gorgeous piece of work Judy and a wonderful heirloom for Anne. x

sharon said...

So much joy shared around the world because of this, Judy. Smiles as wide as the sky. Once again, my thanks and love.

Custom Comforts said...

Love it Judy! You did such a fabulous job. I'm sure they will be thrilled. I love the pets in the windows - just precious.
Happy New Year.

Jennifer Richardson said...

unbelievably wonderful!!!
You are a fabric genius:)
Hope this next jaunt around the sun
is your sweetest so far,

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Oh Judy, what a truly spectacular piece! It's absolute perfection and is obviously created with so much love! What a gift... xx

Nedra Weaver said...

Judy, that is just beautiful!!!
Now I want to try to make one of my house!! The animal's faces in the windows are just adorable!! Love it!

Jane Grant Tentas said...

Really adorable with those little animal faces! Beautiful work!

Happy New Year!

Jane T

Barbara Hartman said...

It's wonderful to see the steps it takes a genius like yourself to create a lasting legacy such as this.
Thanks, Judy!