Hi, I've been hibernating for a bit. It's always good to get back to creating art and blogging. I hope that you're surviving the winter so far. 😊
Map of another childhood place
Valerie S. Goodwin is the guest artist for TextileArtist.org's Stitch Club. Valerie is a retired architect and college professor, and a well know artist who creates wonderful textile maps (see Related links below).
For years I've been wanting to make a project based on maps and buildings of my childhood places. The last project that I made in the Stitch Club workshop was a hand-stitched piece of the Toburn Mine, part of the Mile of Gold in Kirkland Lake Ontario. I mentioned that this might be the first piece in Glimpses of Childhood Places. Well, it looks like I've made the second piece.
|My grandparents' place in Kenogami Ontario|
This is just outside of the area since it's in Kenogami Ontario, about 20 minutes north-west of Kirkland Lake. I was in my teens when my grandfather retired from working in the mines. He and my grandmother moved to a small trailer park just off the highway, next to the river and tons of trails. My grandfather spent a lot of time fishing while my grandmother had a small garden, hiked and cross-country skied behind the park. You can see my grandmother's garden and my grandfather fishing in the river.
|The trailer park and my grandfather fishing|
|Google Map - Kenogami ON|
I started by finding the map in Google Map and then drawing the area that I wanted to work on.
Valerie suggested that we paint silk organza to use as layers for the map. Since I had already dyed a dark blue piece of silk organza, I painted one piece with Tulip Fabric spray paint (Hawaiian Fizz) and used a dropper to add slightly watered down Pébéo Setacolor (turquoise) on the other.
|Drawing of the map |
The turquoise was lovely but much lighter than I wanted, so I place a piece of dark green batik under it. This lightened the batik and added soft lovely colour around it.
I drew the map onto a piece of Ricky Tims' Stable Stuff and then started covering it with fabric backed with a fusible web. I didn't want to work directly on the stable stuff since it was too white. I added strips of off-white batik on most of the background except for the river.
I placed the dark green batik to the forest background and then added some of the painted organza over and around it.
|Adding free motion stitching|
I then free motion stitched everything down. I was going to keep it simple but when I got to the trees I got carried away - so I added more free motion stitching to the water.
Adding embroidery stitches
I used a variety of stitches in the project: backstitch, running stitch, blanket stitch, chain stitch and French knots. Most of it was done with Perle cotton.
What I learned
- I had a really hard time deciding on what to use for my map. There was an area around our home that would have been great, but I wanted it to be during the winter. Then I got into all kinds of technical considerations like how to illustrate a hockey rink or a tobogganing hill without adding people or having enough colour when everything is covered in snow. It was just getting too complicated, so I found another spot to illustrate.
- I bought Valerie Goodwin's book, Art Quilt Maps. It's been on my wish list for a long time, so it was time to get it. It's really great and I look forward to making more maps in the future with Valerie guiding me through her book!
I didn't think that I would be making another piece of my childhood place so quickly, but when the opportunity presented itself, I just had to embrace it!
Large kraft paper journal to hold on-going projects
- I've created a big journal with kraft paper to hold some of my work-in-progress. This is perfect for my Memories of Childhood Places pieces as well as some of the larger embroideries that I'm working on.
- I'm not sure how I'll finish this project, but it's probably best to wait until more pieces are done so that I can have a bit of consistency.
- Valerie Goodwin Art website, Instagram
- Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage : a Visual Guide by Valerie Goodwin
- Hand-stitched Mile of Gold, December 14, 2020
A quilt map--what an interesting idea! And a wonderful job you've done on your grandparent's retirement happy place, AndreeReplyDelete
Thanks so much Nancy, it's brought back so many good memories. Take care.Delete
This is so interesting. Thank you for taking us thru the process. You did a great job!ReplyDelete
Thanks Norma, it was a real treat to make. I'm looking forward to trying out different ways of playing with maps. Take careDelete
Quelle belle créativité ! J'adore ton projet, et il est très bien fait. Bravo !ReplyDelete
Merci beaucoup Frédérique. C'était un projet intéressant qui m'a ramené beaucoup de beaux souvenirs.Delete
Wow! that is so creative and a great way to preserve memories!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Alycia, it really was a treat to do. I'm looking forward to exploring more options for this. Take careDelete
What a wonderful way to recreate happy memories.ReplyDelete
Thanks Karen, it really is :-) Take careDelete
You have made such an interesting memory map. I bet you enjoyed thinking of your grandparents and their lives as you commemorate their place which holds such a nice memory for you. Found your post thru Oh Scrap! Mary/https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com//ReplyDelete
Thanks Mary, glad you stopped by :-) It was a lot of fun and my grandparents are still in my thoughts. I'm really looking forward to exploring map making in the future. Take careDelete
Gosh Andree, every time I visit your lovely place I am always amazed at the pretties you are creating. The map of your grandparent's place is fabulous. It looks as if you had the best fun creating this piece. I can just imagine all the wonderful memories you recalled of fun times spent with your grandparents.ReplyDelete
Hi Kim, I so love it when you visit. You bring an instant smile to my face :-) It's been great thinking about all of the memories, of the times when they were there and of course all of their other locations. They were good people and I miss them. Take care.Delete
Thanks for sharing how you used the layers to get the look your wanted. Congrats on finishing a very fun project.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Kate. It really was fun and I'm learning that there are many things that can be done with organza...who would have thought! Talk care.Delete
I love this idea and hope you continue as I have enjoyed reading about both. Too bad you couldn't incorporate several of these blocks to look like one large map/quilt/scenery.Ricky Tims Stable Stuff is awesome. Hope you are staying well and thank you for linking up.ReplyDelete
Thanks Denise. That was actually my first plan - to create a huge piece that is essentially a map. I think that I may end up doing that for some of it, but there are just too many places that need to be included and I don't want to work on tiny houses - that's just too fiddly :-) I use Ricky Tims Stable Stuff a lot for my art quilts. I am well and hope that you are also. Thanks so much for hosting. Take care.Delete
Gosh I love maps, always have done. You have gone a step beyond maps into aerial views. You grandfather fishing in the river is absolutely priceless!
Thanks so much Muv. It was great to remember my grandfather in his happy place :-) Take care. Love, AndréeDelete