I so loved the first scroll I made that I couldn’t resist doing a second one. I’ve called it “Indigo Blues” as all the blue pieces inside are indigo-dyed fabrics. The outside is the only Procion dyed fabric and this has been stamped using acrylic paint.
As I was adding stitching, along lines suggested by the patterns, it felt like the ebb and flow of the seashore, so I embellished with beads and shells. I would have liked a piece of driftwood to roll around, but had to settle for a bamboo stick.
I went to the Fashion and Embroidery show at the NEC last month and saw some fabric books on Ineke Berlyn’s stall which I really loved, so I was pleased to find that she was doing an online course for these. Five different books over a six month period.
This is my first one, a scroll which could also work as a hanging.
The outside: A piece of Procion dyed curtain fabric, over stamped using acrylic ink.
The inside: Strips of fabric hand stitched to the backing. All the fabrics are bits left over from previous work, mostly my own dyed fabrics, a few commercial pieces. Some have previous stitching on them and are quite thick, the excess cut from quilt borders. The pearl buttons are from my mother’s collection, now passed on to me. The stick at the end has been many times through the eco dye bath.
The scroll rolled up and secured:
I really enjoyed making this and am looking forward to the next one. It is also a long time since I have used only hand stitching.