Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Yellow and Purple ATCs

Another month, another colour combination on the ColourGroupies Yahoo Group. In this very select group (only 5 of us and we're such good friends!) the choice is for purple and yellow this October. My cards are all much the same and I'm showing you the one I'm keeping for myself. I made these cards back in August when the Rosebay Willowherb was in full bloom. Purple coloured as you can see!

When we first moved to this cottage, now more than 13 years ago, the entire field surrounding our house was full of this weed as it's officially classed. My mother-in-law was over the moon to see so much of it as it is not as common down in the south of England as it is in Scotland and she really loved it. We have curtailed it severely but every year some pops up in almost every flowerbed and of course it is still present everywhere around us. I used pictures of the huge clumb by the railway bridge for my pictures and on my cards. The images were printed onto self-adhesive cotton sheet (from Crafty Computer Paper) and adhered to a layer of felt, yellow on top and purple underneath. Then I added buttonhole stitch by hand in a variegated thread. Purple sequins were sewn on with yellow size 11 seed beads on top.

It's a good thing I took the pictures in August because this is what the rosebay willowherb looks now. Also really interesting with its curled seed heads and leaves, but no longer purple!

1 comment:

Lenna Andrews said...

Dear Frieda, never got a chance to say until now how I love the series of photographs in this post. The beautiful 'weeds', the photo you transfered to fabric to create the ATCs for our group exchange, and then the beautiful weeds at the end of the season. I like how you mentioned the way they keep popping up no matter how you cut them back! I do think, like your mothere, how pretty they are!

My parents were talking of their trip years ago via train from London to Edinburgh last night -- after I mentioned you, your quilts & mixed media and that you lived in Scotland. They said we would love it there and I assured them Steven & I would make a trip there one day!

I imagine you are very busy working on your large quilt now! xo lenna


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