I just heard from Carmen that my Traveling Page for October has arrived. Her theme was "Castles".
Can you tell I was influenced by the Halloween hooplah? LOL!
I did not start out to do anything dark . . . my usual color selections are bright and clear! But during my research I saw some castle pictures with a full moon and I kind of liked that idea. As I worked with ideas the moon grew larger, and the castle got darker!
I started with a photo of the Castle Neuschwanstein. Using my photo software, I darkened the photo and printed it onto printable fabric. After fusing the castle cut-out to the background (already prepared with a nice bright moon) I used free motion embroidery to enhance highlights and shadows.
Here's what the back side looked like after the stitching.
But the piece needed something more. I tried various bat silhouettes, but that seemed too conventional. Never let anyone call me conventional!
Finally, I settled on a dragon shape, which I fused and then stitched over.
For the back side, I had some fairy tale fabric in my stash. I thought the Sleeping Beauty castle would add the right touch.
I enjoyed working with this piece. It is full of my favorite things! Free motion stitching, dragons, and a touch of beadwork (for stars)! I hope Carmen enjoys it, too.
Now to get to work on another September page - the first one appears to have gone walk-about. Sigh.