Fall, the glorious time of year that reminds us it’s time to prepare for cold weather, has arrived in New England. Over the coming months, I will be sharing a series of posts with commentary and videos about making Harvest Time, which is a fall themed piece I finished earlier this year. Each story will focus on a different aspect of the process, from stitching moss to needle felting to creating the busy little characters. Part 1 – mossy tree trunk, Part 2 – turkey tail mushroom,
Part 3 – felt leaves.
I know that many of you refer to the season between summer and winter as “autumn”, but I’m partial to calling it “fall”. To me, saying “autumn” feels as if I’m trying to make a correction when none is necessary. Just saying.
Harvest Time is the fall scene in a series of seasonal landscapes that capture the wonder and magic of the natural world, both real and imagined. Harvest Time and 2 other scenes I’ve completed and written about, Frosty Morning and Mossy Glen, are available as jigsaw puzzles and note cards in my Etsy shop.
From the start, I imagined the fall landscape as a cutaway view, showing both above and below ground. Future posts will give a close look at making the moss covered stump, the area around it and the earth underground, including the tunnel and storage areas.
I will show the process of making the industrious wee folk…
and the storage containers for them to transport their harvest.
There will be a whole post devoted to making this purple mushroom…
and another about creating the underground root cellar.
I’ll write about different ways I embroidered plants…
both flat and 3-dimensional.
I’ll explain how I covered driftwood with mossy French knots…
and filled the felt sky with delicate foliage.
I look forward to delving into this multi-part series with you. Right now, I’m sifting through about a gazillion photos I took along the way. Just like with Frosty Morning and Mossy Glen, there will be a lot of little details to cover!
Harvest Time posts: Part 1 – mossy tree trunk, Part 2 – turkey tail mushroom
Harvest Time was the newest piece to be included in my retrospective exhibition, What a Relief, this past summer. It, and the other landscapes in the seasonal series will be some of the artwork shown in two solo shows in 2023:
SALLEY MAVOR: Once Upon a Stitch
Feb. 18 – June 4, 2023
Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC
SALLEY MAVOR: SOCIAL FABRIC
Sept. 30, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
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Absolutely amazing work ! Love it.
I love all of it but especially the storage container that looks like a woven basket. You are amazing.
Incredible work as always, Salley!
Love the root cellar ! ! So very, very special !
I so Love peeking into your world, Thank you
Once again, I get a big smile the moment I see your name in my emails!! I instantly anticipate the joy I will soon experience the moment I open my email!! It’s like winning the Lottery!!! Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos of your work! As well as the detail & stories you provide!!!
I am so grateful that you share your process of making with us. I find it completely fascinating. Thank you from my heart.
your work is so beautiful! thanks for sharing
The generous sharing of your talents are so appreciated and inspiring. Thank you, thank you.