Part 4 in the Frosty Morning series is about making the stone wall and the ice covered bush in front of it. Part 1 shows how I made the tree trunks, Part 2 gives a close look at how I formed and wrapped the wire tree branches and Part 3 is about constructing the rounded shelters. Yes, I will eventually get to the wee folk characters!
This year, I’m working on a group of seasonal landscapes that capture the wonder and magic of the natural world, both real and imagined. Frosty Morning, Mossy Glen and Harvest Time are available as jigsaw puzzles and note cards in my shop here.
To begin, I cut stone shapes out of a special piece of wool felt that I’ve kept just for this kind of thing. It’s from a bunch of unevenly dyed “seconds” that I was lucky enough to purchase years ago. That source has since dried up, so I guard my stash very carefully. After blanket stitching the felt shapes 2/3 of the way around, I slipped another layer or two of felt inside the pockets and then finished stitching around the outside edges. That way, they puffed up a bit and looked more 3-dimensional.
I’ve used this felt to make stone walls in other pictures, such as Rabbitat and the Netherlands scene in MY BED.
I then outlined the stones and filled in the gaps with chain stitches.
To create the look of snowfall on top the the wall, I blanket stitched a few rows with white metallic thread.
Then I bent and twisted wire to form branches, which I wrapped with white metallic thread. I don’t know about you, but I find stitching with metallic thread frustrating and frankly, a yucky experience! No matter what you do to lubricate the thread, it’s a rough ride. Even though metallic and other synthetic threads are frustrating to work with, I suffered through because I wanted the glittery, magical look that comes with it.
I sewed the wire branches in place…
and embroidered smaller offshoots onto the felt background.
It was such a relief to thread my needle with cotton floss and stitch the curly-cues at the bottom.
To help add a little accent, I dotted the tips of the branches with silver french knots.
Now, with the lower half of the composition sufficiently grounded, I could move on to other more fantastical areas of the piece.
Stay tuned for Part 5 in the Frosty Morning series, which will be all about adding ice and snow and sparkly touches to the winter landscape.
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Your work is just beautiful. I love reading how you created these wonderful miniature worlds. Thank you for sharing.
Salley, I just love following along on your stories! Thank you so much for sharing.
You can make your own felt with fleece and that would open another rabbit hole for you! @wingandaprayerfarm in Vermont , Tammy White, Shepherdess, can help you. I don’t know how close you are to that area but I think it would be worth a visit! There may be other farms closer to you but I don’t know about them.
Thanks, Elaine. You’re right, making my own felt would open up another rabbit hole! I’ve tried it, but prefer to spend my time and energy doing things with the finished product. And there’s no lack of options for buying felt!
At the exact moment I was having the thought: how does she handle metallic thread? You said, to my relief, how terrible it is to work with😫 glad I’m not alone! Beautiful work, looking forward to the wee folk post- is his sweater knit or crocheted??😍 xo
Yes, Lisa, I don’t know anyone who enjoys working with metallic. As for the sweater, it’s neither knitted or crocheted. Stay tuned!
I love the stones from the uneven dye.You are very clever. Let me know if you ever have time for a commisioned piece for anticipated grand children Susan Sent from my iPhone
How nice it must be to anticipate grandchildren, Susan! Thank you for your interest, but I don’t do commissions
and have a long list of overdue baby gifts to make.
i am awestruck by the beauty of this work!!!!
Your work is amazing! I agree with you on metallics… some are better than others. One must be patient and you have plenty of patience!!
I have accidentally created that marbled look by spilling coffee on my felt. Now I have a mission to create a marbled felt ha ha. .