This scroll is a direct result of the September Book Of The Month, which was the concertina sketchbook of the coastal flora on the South West Path. It isn’t anything like my originally imagined piece! Apart from the fact that the size – sixty three inches – relates directly to the length of the coastal path, which is six hundred and thirty miles in total. We have currently covered close to four hundred miles and hoped to finish this year – but optimistically we still have the rest of it to look forward to in 2021.
The scroll itself is double sided, each piece made on a calico base and built up with patches of dyed cottons and printed pieces, many of them ‘drop cloth’ scraps. On top of these I printed with stencils and stamps, most of them my own built up over time. I have got a really useful commercial pebble stencil that I seem to use in nearly everything I do so I can recommend buying background stencils rather than purchasing one-off impact stamps that you may not use nearly so often.
I used some simple hand stitching to hold some of the patches and joins together, but most of the flowers and plants were enhanced with machine embroidery to add definition and shape. Although the piece isn’t what I originally envisioned – and I had to push myself to complete it – new ideas were generated by finishing it.