The theme on the Sketchbook Challenge Blog this month is animal companions, as we don’t have pets, other than tropical fish, I have focused on a photograph of a rabbit which I took recently, the poor thing had been partly eaten by predators, not such an unusual sight if you take a walk in the country.
I drew in my sketchbook from the photograph and then used TAP to transfer both the image and those I had manipulated on the ipad onto fabric.
The straight forward stitched pieced using Bokhara Couching worked more successfully, whereas the other piece became more experimental.
I machine stitched the outline of the two rabbits and then had the idea of cutting them out and placing them on quilt wadding prior to embellishing with wool and muslin. The piece was really distorted so I backed it with acrylic felt before further embellishing, free machining and adding hand stitch.
To retrieve what was becoming a failed experiment I then took the scissors to the back, slashed into the rabbit areas and stuffed them Trapunto style with wool tops. Makes me exhausted just writing it down.
So it looks as if I am gradually being taken over by rabbits, for anyone who knows the comedy 'Father Ted' it reminds me of the episode where the same thing happens.