Today I’m showing details of the trailhead area and foreground. Plenty of rocks were used in the making of this area, as well as shrubs and desert trees. I selected a variety of fabrics for these features, and I thread painted to depict weeds. Since the rocks were small and some of the fabrics had a potential to fray, I used Fray Block around the edges. These photos show the work in progress.
The horse’s body was made with ultra-suede. I love the textures it gave to the horse. I picked the color to match the color of the horse owned by the woman that commissioned this quilt. I painted the shadow side of the rider’s body and horse to give it more dimension. The tail was made using embroidery floss. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Very little grooming required J.
I painted the trailhead sign and backed it with wool to make it stand off the surface a bit. The sign legs were made using the same fabric used for the palm tree trunks.
Next post will be the subsurface! Be ready to get dirty!
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