It’s Challenge time again over at Art Elements and this month Jenny hosted the challenge and picked Horses as here theme. As soon as this theme came up I knew exactly what my them was going to be – The White Horse of Uffington.
This prehistoric chalk hill figure featured in my childhood as I had an Aunt and Uncle who lived in Uffington in Oxfordshire where the horse is located. We often went to visit which was no hardship as we were spoilt rotten – My aunt made the best cream cakes! So it seemed a no brainer to use this as the inspiration for my challenge piece.
I had in mind some sort of textile piece and as I took delivery of a new weaving loom earlier this month I decided that’s the way I would go. I used a heavy white cotton thread for the warp as I thought this would pick up the chalky whiteness of the horse well. I then began to weave a variegated green background to represent the grassy hill.
I considered weaving the horse into the design using the design using the cartoon method but because the horse is so linear I was a bit concerned that I would be able to get smooth lines. Instead I decided I would embroider the horse onto the completed woven piece and here’s the finished weaving after I’d take it off the loom.
I embroidered the horse motif onto the background with an off white cotton thread and trimmed the bottom fringing. At the top the warp threads were woven into the back and knotted to create hanging loops. I still need to stain the dowel a distressed white and add a hanger but other than that it’s pretty much finished.
I was hoping to do a second piece for this challenge – an embroidered applique piece inspired by carousel horses but unfortunately I ran out of time and never got further than the initial sketch.
So that’s another one for the TBD (to be done) pile.
I’d like to thank Jenny for coming up with this great theme and I hope you’ll join me for the blog hop to see what everyone else has been inspired to create…just click on the links below.
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