This is my second quilt for this year’s Fifteen by Fifteen group challenge “Country”. As I said in the last post “Vytis”, when I chose Lithuania for this year’s challenge, I gave a promise that I will be using traditional Lithuanian textiles, mostly linen. I am going to avoid commercially dyed fabrics as much as I can, and do as much hand work as possible. Natural unbleached and white bleached linen, few pieces of my own eco dyed linen left me with no other choice as to make winter landscape.
For the sky I used piece of unbleached linen that already had some texture. The distant brownish horizon was made from eco dyed linen that came from a period in my creative life when I was interested in eco dyeing.
Running stitch around the whole piece marks the size of future quilt- 15×15 inches:
First of all I embroidered trees on the horizon. Having them on helped me with the positioning of other details, especially snowflakes.
Then I stitched the horizon and snowflakes in the air:
For the white snow I layered bleached white linen with the white linen gauze, loosely placed on top of it. Only for the frozen pond I used commercially dyed piece.
All layers are not sewn together, just placed overlapping each other. The snowflakes in the sky, the trees on the horizon and dry grasses, sticking out from the snow, are hand embroidered through all three layers of the quilt sandwich. This way the embroidery served as quilting, and no other quilting was done. The embroidery was also done with linen yarns.
And here is the completed winter landscape: