It started with a miniature pomegranate bush, in my front
garden, with some of its tiny ripe fruit ready to be picked
and photographed (and eaten!) The bush must have been
really old by then, because its gnarled branches were bearing
less leaves and fruit each year, despite my efforts to keep it
healthy. I painted one of the photos, and that was it for a
while. Years later someone enquired about a pomegranate
embroidery design and then this ...
...was digitized. I wanted it to be loose, like a drawing
done in pastels - except for the smudging - so the stitches
are somewhat haphazard some of the time. As is the case in
most drawings, there are uncovered patches, so the choice of
fabric should be considered carefully. Thinking of it as a
drawing on colored paper, with the paper (or fabric in this
instance) as a design element, helps.
For the bag below, I used an old gold cotton canvas for the
embroidery and then loosely appliqued that onto printed denim.
Some quilting scraps finished the edge and guess what I used
for the handles? Quilted backing strips that came off when I
squared a quilt. The pieces were wide enough, padded already,
and the fabrics played well together. What more can one want?
A happy bag, don't you think?