It has taken three years but finally I have finished making my fabric collage India book – and used a good amount of my hand dyed stash in the process
A simple front cover outlining the map of India
The inside cover is made from block printed scraps – some of which I bought and some that I printed myself. The border is blockprinted and Indian beads added.
The tuc tuc is free machine embroidered and has been coloured in using Inktense pencils. Beads have been added. The Taj Mahal was stencilled onto the fabric and then free machine embroidered.
The elephant and riders on the above page has been appliqued onto the fabric and the flowers are free machine embroidered.
The peacock was inspired after visiting the Kew Orchid festival a couple of years ago, The theme was India and there was a huge peacock made entirely of orchids. It was stunning. My peacock has been made from sari silk scraps held down with organza and the flowers cut out with a Sissix die cut and stitched in place with Indian beads
I tried out Kantha stitch on the above elephant. The border has been created with Indian woodblocks and then machine embroidered
On the adjoining page I have used transfer art paper to create the photo images. The photos are ones that I have taken on recent trips to India. The border trimmig was purchased on an Indian road side trimming stall
The final page is of the Elephant God – Ganesha. painted on the fabric using freezer paper, coloured with Inktense pencils and embellished with beads. The border is made from rainbow leaves and braid.
The back inside cover is made with print block fabrics and embellished with elephant charms and tassels.
A mandala has been stencilled onto the back cover. It has then been stitched and beads added. The border is a decorative yarn with an Indian flower charm added