The Castle of Forest Fern : My Latest Wearable Art Project
It all started with wanting to make a very folkloric castle on a sea green linen top. I searched for some suitable castle subjects and was attracted to the old drawing you see above. I liked the shape and the numerous turrets ( my favorite part of castles). It turns out that this is actually a drawing of a castle in Pierrefonds , France which is a little northwest of Paris. I changed the design a little so that it would fit on the front of the top .
I used a mixture of old fabrics and new but the main parts were pieces of eastern european scarves that were torn. The beautiful blue fabric with the trees is the work of the very talented lara cameron. I used tons of embroidered ribbon , some old but others gifts from my husband who travels to france for work. It is so sweet to have a husband who bestows embroidered ribbon, chocolate and ideas de Marie Claire magazines on me. Most of the buttons are vintage except the fabric covered ones that I made with japanese prints from my stash. The felt pieces are 100% wool felt purchased from a Child's Dream. Details were added with embroidery , especially the green plants and fern details along the base of the castle and the flags with the words forest fern , a snail and a small fern. I just kept adding little details until I was satisfied and in the end this project contains so many of my favorite things. Maybe you will recognize some of them. I would love to hear what your favorite part's are.
For a quiet person I seem to have a habit of rambling on when discussing my handwork. Enough, I am sure you would like to see the forest fern castle for yourselves.
I had such fun piecing this one together and photographing it. It was a wonderful change from working with stones and I already have a concept in mind for my next sewing project but I am going to keep it a secret for now. While I was walking in the forest today I came across a real castle in the woods. I wonder what magical creatures live in this kingdom.
Now wasn't that a bright and cheerful start to the week. For the rest of your week remember the words above the castle door : "the kindness of strangers". I certainly will.