Accidental Landscapes - On Purpose
Posted by Annette on Thursday, June 7th, 2012
The idea of capturing my vacation memories or favorite places in fabric and stitches has long captivated me. The actual execution of my dreams, however, has always seemed beyond me. That is until I found Karen Eckmeier's marvelous book, Accidental Landscapes . Karen understands that even if we sew and quilt, we were not all born with a designer's eye and a color palette in our hands. If you have longed to capture natural beauty in fabric, like me, you'll love this book!
Karen takes you simply step-by-step through the creation of a memory like this lovely beach scene shown in the book. From the beginning Warm-Up Exercise all the way through to Four Easy Approaches, Karen is right there to hold your hand and steady your "but I'm not an artist" nerves all the way. Just look what you can make by putting yourself in her able hands through her book or patterns:
From Karen's Coastlines pattern, you can use your favorite picture or work from memory and create your own coast. East, west, south or north, it's yours for just a bit of layering and stitching!
The Meadow and Mountains pattern is the perfect way to immortalize the majestic beauty of your favorite peak and the peaceful meadow that surrounds it. Click on the pictures in this post to see larger images.
And the Lakes pattern provides ample opportunity for a lazy day to be saved forever. To help make your landscapes successful, Karen's book includes a section on Scene Enhancers. Great little ways to include threads, embellishments and special stitches that make a subtle, yet "scene stealing" difference in your finished creation!
Early this Spring, my hubby, puppy and I took a day trip to Deception Pass. I love this spot! It so truly represents the gorgeous spirit of the Pacific Northwest to me. So, I plan to use this picture for my first venture into accidental landscape stitching. The shapes and images are simple and I love imagining where paths may take me!
We have wonderful landscape print fat quarters in our stores , so I wandered out to the SODO Seattle store next to my office and chose the ones here to represent the leaves, dirt path, trees, sky and water in my view. Lots of browns to layer on the path and two blues to differentiate the sky from the sound.
I know you have places and memories you treasure! Karen Eckmeier wants to help through her book and patterns and so does Cheryl Tolbert of our Bellevue store. Cheryl is teaching a class based on Karen's book that begins in late July. Click here to find out more. Or buy the book or one of Karen's patterns and enter the world of Accidental Landscapes on your own. You'll be amazed at what you can create!
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