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Cotswold Snowdrops - Part 1

Updated: Sep 24, 2021


A cotton base was used for the background, with thin stabiliser ironed on to the back. A wide variety of natural fabrics were layered onto the background and stitched in place. Fabrics included printed silk, scrim, cotton batting, heavy & light calico, silk chiffon, cotton lace, tricot cotton, linen, and twill cotton.



To create some further texture, cotton string was couched into place to create a pattern of stems.


I coloured some 3D media before applying to the base and then heated it. This created a lovely raised 'mossy' effect on some fabrics which was unexpected.


The whole piece was then painted in various shades of green which merged together. I used diluted printing ink for this.









I added some additional stems by winding green silk embroidery thread onto the bobbin, and then worked from the back.


Some hand-dyed wool fibres were needle-punched onto the top to create some darker areas but I was very careful not to overdo it this time!


A tracing of the original watercolour drawing was then made onto tea-bag paper and pinned to the back to help with placement of leaves and flower heads.








Completion of this artwork is covered in Part 2 : www.suebatemantextiles.com/blog/cotswold-snowdrops-part-2


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