CHRISTINE EARHART

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A CLONAL COLONY OF ASPEN

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I was driving through the Rocky Mountains last summer and saw Aspen colonies with their white barks glowing against the dark background of the mountains.  The Aspen grow in colonies, derived from a single seedling and spread by root suckers.  That “spread by root suckers” would scare me in my own garden but looks fabulous in the wide open spaces.  I started this piece by dying the fabric for the background.  The tree trunks are made with painted cheesecloth and then heavy machine stitched.  The black accents were hand sewn with cotton floss.  The leaves are pieces of yarn that have been needle felted into the background then machine stitched to hold the leaves in place.  French knots were then hand sewn to give the piece more depth and texture.  The lower background is heavily machine stitched and shaded with a variety of threads.  The finished piece was left with raw edges and sewn onto a black cotton felt background and mounted onto a frame.

66″ x 46

 

Posted July 21st, 2014.

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A CLONAL COLONY OF ASPEN–Detail

Posted July 21st, 2014.

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BLUE FELT TREE

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This year I went to Australia to visit my daughter.  We took a felting class from Cheryl (crafteewenches.com).  Cheryl has an alpaca farm, lives in a log cabin and has the most fabulous studio that her husband, Robert, built for her including a collection of antique stained glass windows.  Color everywhere!  This BLUE FELT TREE was my first attempt at wet felting.  The piece was 90% complete by the end of the day.  At home I mounted the piece on a commercial wool felt background, added more of the curly sheep wool to extend the height of the tree, made small felt balls which were sewn on and then added French knots to add more dimension to the piece.  I’m looking forward to more work with felting.  The framed piece 34″ x 37″.

 

Posted May 26th, 2014.

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BLUE FELT TREE-Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted May 26th, 2014.

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THE SPLENDIFEROUS JACARANDA TREE

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The first Jacaranda Tree that I saw was in Sydney, Australia.  The purplish blue leaves of the Jacaranda stood out among all the other trees on the cliffs above Sydney Harbor.  In Pasadena there are streets lined with Jacarandas.  In the spring when there is nothing but the flowers on these trees, “splendiferous” is the word I would use to describe them!  The white background of the quilt is made with horizontal lines sewn every 3/8″.  The quilt was then machine washed and dried to give it a textured effect.  The trunk is made of hand painted cheese cloth then twisted and shaped to make the trunk and branches.  It was sewn in place with various colors of thread.  The flowers are made of 1/2″ pieces of yarn that were felted in place and then machine quilted.  59″ x 56″

 

Posted November 15th, 2013.

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THE SPLENDIFEROUS JACARANDA TREE–Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted November 15th, 2013.

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THE OAK TREE

The live oak tree is protected in Pasadena, California.  This is my tribute to the mighty oak.  The background was machine quilted with 3/4″ horizontal lines.  I then machine washed and dried the piece which left the background a little wavy due to the cotton batting shrinking more than the top and bottom cotton fabrics.  I painted cheese cloth which was then twisted to make the trunk and branches and sewn in place.  The leaves are made up of 1/2″ pieces of yarn that had been felted into the background then machine quilted.  43″ x 49″

Posted June 20th, 2012.

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THE OAK TREE–Detail

 

 

Posted June 20th, 2012.

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