Patchwork wall canvas – Part 4 – Bicycle
Re-revision for newcomers:
It would take several consecutive publications (actually, more than juste several) to show you and explain how to make such a patchwork canvas, combining different embroidered scenes and a patchwork finishing. You will assist my artwork scene by scene and only see the result in the end, just as it happened with me
I started with just an idea of what I wanted to have in the end, but with no specific plans, drawings, sizes. It was somewhere in October 2014. I didn’t have the scenes in my head in advance (except for a few ones that I saw in a French magazine). I didn’t even know the number of scenes I would make. I just picked a theme for them, namely to recreate various moments from the life of a child – playing, being with friends, going to school, reading books, writing homeworks, etc. I drew 2-3 scenes with a pencil on a blank sheet of paper, and then re-created them on the fabric. As the result reflected well my idea, I continued my work more confident. Step by step, I created something beautiful that now decorates one of the walls at home
If you feel like making the same artwork, you only need to follow my steps! You can either print my sketches and reproduce the same scenes, or make your own designs, choosing a theme that inspires you. Your canvas can be of a different size, based on how many scenes you decide to make. Mine makes 120 by 80 cm.
Here is the menu that will host all the steps.
The fourth scene of the series is this young girl playing outside with her bicycle when she suddenly found a pear tree. This scene is relatively fast to make, though the bicycle is a bit complicated.
The scene fits in a piece of fabric making 21 per 19 cm (+ 1 cm hem). You can enlarge it, if you want
What you need:
- Light-colored linen fabric (mine was light gray). For my artwork, I needed a fabric making 120 cm long and 160 cm wide. For the scene itself, you need a piece of linen of 23 by 21 cm.
- Various fabric cuttings
- Felt in pastel colors for the tree, bird and pears
- Threads in the colors of your fabrics and felts.
- This sketch:
About the steps:
Now you only have to follow steps 1 to 6 of the first scene I showed you. Note that I prefer sewing the arms, legs and faces by hand, as my light rose fabric was too soft. Moreover, the elements are so small that a machine stitch is not that beautiful in this case.
After finishing with the machine sewing part, embroider by hand the eyes of the girl and bird, finish the handles, pedals and wheels of the bicycle, sew the pears and make a basket. I used a cord thread to make it, but you can also use felt or fabric. You can also imitate a tress on the girl’s hair.
Iron the scene from the back side of the fabric, making a hem of 1 cm.
You can now be proud of yourself! You have 4 scenes for the patchwork canvas