Sunday, 22 July 2018

The happiness tree

I went out for an hour this afternoon to visit a craft fair. It wasn't very big, but I had a nice chat with a crafter who uses all recycled materials. Her stall looked lovely, she has some interesting ideas. There was also an Open Gardens event on but I didn't join in with that. It was too hot for me to walk around 29 gardens. 
My latest wall hanging is now finished. I put the back on with the machine, sewing the two sides together right sides facing leaving the top open, then turned it the right way. I added the loops and closed it up, and hand stitched around the edge with dark blue thread to keep it flat. It measures 18 inches by 15 inches.
I wanted a bit of detail at the bottom of the tree so added some felt and French knots.

The running stitches add a bit more interest, I think it works well.


The background was supposed to be something else, but it suits the tree.



I'm pleased with that. I am a bit reluctant to start another picture now as time is getting on, only four weeks to the exhibition. I need to check all my pictures making sure they are in good condition and ready for sale. I need to give them all a title and price them, and make a list. When all that is done I'll see if I have enough time to make another one.

Now I have to go out and water the flower beds and pots. It would be nice to get some rain. Brown grass everywhere, I long for green grass. Oooh, there's a song.



Tattybye, C U L8ter. ilona

15 comments:

  1. Hi.your tree is Fab...and as for Tom PHWAAAA 😊

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    1. The young Tom was definitely a looker, not so sure about the older Tom though. There again, I don't fancy men of my age, ha ha.

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  2. Love this and love that it's called The Happiness Tree. Fits it perfectly! Your creativity just amazes me, Ilona. So original and wonderful.

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  3. It is a great song , but I like it best sung by Johnny Cash . I just listened to it again to see if I changed my mind , nope ! Johny Cash is the best.

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    1. I've just listened to the Johnny Cash version and I thought he sounds a bit off key. The Tom and Dolly version is good.

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  4. Great song , bust sung best , to my test , by Johny Cash!

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  5. The sky looks great on your Happiness Tree Ilona.I do like Tom Jones's Green,green green grass-but his Sex Bomb is my favourite x

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  6. What a lot of detail in the wallhanging and I like your choice of materials.

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  7. Love the wall hanging, Ilona, and feel inspired by it to make a Memory Tree using up some of the bits of fabrics which my mother didn't need for a patchwork quilt she started in the 1930s and which we finished a few years ago. Many of the scraps hold memories of summer dresses she wore or made for me and I think this would be a good use for them. Vicki in the East Riding

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    1. A memory tree sounds good. Getting family photographs printed on fabric would be a good idea as well.

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  8. The running stitches are an inspired addition. They make me think of life, of sap rising.
    This piece is one of my favourites. Sue

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    1. Thank you. It looked kind of flat before I put the running stitches on. I like the way they give the impression of movement.

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  9. Sending thoughts to Tom Jones - did you know he was rushed to hospital recently with a 'bacterial infection' I believe he's still there and has had to cancel his concerts, and he also had a hip replacement not too long ago - we tend to think of these icons as immortals !

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  10. Liked the song, was even dancing around the room haha, woww like the happiness tree well done, ilona and have a nice day, greetings from haduuu

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