Sunday, 6 April 2008

By the Sea Gothic Arch


The new Gothic Arches Challenge theme is By the Sea and for once I knew exactly what to do. I had bought the most gorgeous mermaid fabric when I was teaching at the Purely Patchwork shop last weekend. How's that for timing? So as soon as the By the Sea words hit me, I was off to get it out. I found a bluish/white fabric for the background, which I ironed to Fast2Fuse and then stitched in curvy lines to represent waves in the sea.

I added the mermaid by using Bondaweb (Wonderunder in the U.S.) leaving the fish tail to peek over the edge of the arch. I added a net and an actual shell caught into it, added some crinkly knitting yarn to represent seaweed and also added that to the edges of the arch. Finally I added some beads and bugle beads.

Only problem was that I had to photograph the arch, rather than scan it as it's a very 3-D arch but it does not look too bad, even so.

28 comments:

Femmy said...

beautiful arch!! love the colors and the net!

Maureen said...

Beautiful bright colours, a great arch - maureen x

Tova said...

Fabulous ! Very artistic !!

ilonka said...

really a wonderful arch with that fishing net!

Bettie said...

Beautiful

Christa said...

Love the shell in the net and the wonderful colors.

Colorfuldayz said...

I love this, especially the 3D-ishness of it. I think it is one of my favorites from all of your arches. The mermaid fabric is beautiful.

Judy said...

An absolutely awesome arch, Frieda, so colourful!
JudyNZ

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is brilliant. Stunning arch.

Barbara Hagerty said...

I am speechless, Frieda! This is so absolutely beyond words gorgeous!

filetta said...

It is a miracle, in the shape, the colors! It is of the pure happiness!

truutske said...

Really brilliant arch!!
Grat idea. I like it.

Rosie said...

What fantastic fabric... she's gorgeous! Utterly superb! (You are undoubtedly my fabric hero!)

KJ McLean said...

Srumptious! That's the first word that came to mind! :)

carylsrealm said...

Frieda this is just stunning!

Janny said...

It's gorgeous!

dutchstamptramp said...

What an absolutely stunning and colourful arch!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

wow! the colors, texture and design are amazing on this. awesome arch! always love your details! :)

violette said...

wouaaah it's wonderful I love it!

Hermine said...

WOW, helemaal geweldig!!

Jeri Aaron said...

Frieda you are such a talented lady - this arch is fabulous - I want it!!!

Karen Owen said...

Frieda, I think you've outdone yourself this time! This is nothing short of stunning. You are an amazing fabric artist. Love the net and the shell!

Debby said...

Frieda this is so amazing. WOW!!! I love it.
Debby

Netti said...

This is wonderful. What a splendid mermaid and fish!!

Mary-Beth said...

Frieda, this is incredible, fantastic, fun colourful, whimsical, wonderful. I love it!

Eva said...

Lovely and so colourful!!

Jean said...

Wow!!! This is sooo great!! I'll look forward to seeing what you do next! Great arch!!

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Love this soooooooo much. Love the use of colur and texture and its just amazing and inspiring. I will have to get my fabric out

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