Friday, 8 November 2013
Free Motion Oak Leaves and Acorns
The latest free motion experiment has a definite autumnal feel to it. The last time I did oak leaves and acorns it was in applique, which is slightly more time consuming.
The shape of the leaves was not much of a problem. I did the veins first and then went round them to give the outline.
The acorns were a bit more hit and miss, and using the dark thread the misses show more than I would like.
As always, botanical accuracy had to be compromised. A self-respecting real life oak hasn't got flimsy trailing branches, and the leaves have extremely short stems. I have to keep reminding myself that this is quilting, not botanical drawing.
When I was busy with the applique last year I was lucky enough to stroll into the museum and see a touring exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings owned by the Queen. The drawings were displayed in individual glass cases, with the glass only a couple of inches from the paper so you could peer at them close up - which is what you need to do, because the drawings are really small, they would fit on a page of a school exercise book. I spent ages glued to this magnificent work.
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