I have an extreme obsession with cute houses on tropical islands, the cheery colors of the buildings against the lovely clear skies, soft white sands, and brightly colored foliage. Key West enchants me to no end, I love the architecture and landscape almost as much as the bars full of characters! So, to create some colorful sunshiny energy during this harsh winter, I decided to challenge myself to make a series of 27 Beach Houses.
The rules: 1) Each one must be unique, 2) Each must include a variety of materials, 3) ALL materials must be from my current stash - no shopping, and 4) Each should be the same approximate size (around 7" x 9").
I thought this would be a good way to force myself to be a little bit creative in thinking up multiple ways to present the same theme, especially trying to come up with ways to make each unique without going outside my current supply of fabric/thread/yarn/paint/etc. I'm one-third of the way to my goal, so here are the first 9!
Beach House #1 has a pink house with a flannel penguin roof, set against sky & sand made from old t-shirts (don't worry, they were clean!). Most of the stitches are just straight stitches, with lazy daisies on the roof and some of the grass, X-es around the edge are hard to see in the photo. Everything was attached with light fusible web before stitching to keep it flat! The sun is a glittery bit of yarn and the cloud is a light bit of polyfill. There's a light layer of quilt batting in-between the design and a fleece backing, and it can be hung by the attached ribbon.
Beach House #2 depicts a stormier day with a darker sky, and an active ocean with waves made of yarn. The ground is a t-shirt, the house is flannel with paper doors & windows and a button doorknob. The sun (lurking behind the polyfill cloud) is a bit of crumpled tissue paper. Again most of the stitches are straight, but this time the roof has a chain stitch.
#3 is a bit sunnier! Sand, sky, and tree trunk are all t-shirts, the roof and sun are flannel, and the palm leaves are taken off some fake flowers. Straight stitches around the sun, roof, and tree base; x-stitches around the house, and chain-stitch attaches the design to the fleece backing.
#4 looks a lot better in person! The house is shiny satin, so it kept reflecting the camera flash and washed out all the photos. The sun is glitter yarn surrounded by straight stitches; the house is straight-stitched and the roof is lazy-daisies. Around the edge (hard to see in the photo), the stitches form a wave pattern. The shells are attached with embroidery thread - it took me hours to get the right combo to get them to stay put, but now they're not going anywhere!
#5 is a bit of a departure from the sand/sky background; it's a bit of blue remnant fabric that seemed boring so I painted waves on it (acrylic). The island (also embellished with paint) and tree trunk are t-shirts, and the house, roof, and palm leaves are old upholstery samples. Straight stitches on just about everything here.
#6 is an entire beach condo! The condo is an upholstery sample with a paper roof; the sand and tree trunk are t-shirts, the towel is shiny satin, and the palm leaves are from fake flowers with buttons for coconuts. The grass and sunshine are painted; the sun is stitched too. All straight stitches on this one too.
#7 has upholstery for the beach, and crinkled tissue paper for the house with cardstock door and windows. The sun and the doorknob are small beads. Chain stitches on the roof, x-stitches to attach the design to the fleece backing, and straight stitches everywhere else.
#8 is mounted on burlap and fleece, the house is cut out from a newspaper ad, the sun is glitter yarn, t-shirt tree trunk, and fake flower leaves for the tree leaves. X-stitches around the edge but otherwise straight stitches.
#9's house is also from a newspaper ad, the same ad as #8 in fact! The roof is crocheted and attached with floss. Glitter yarn sun, upholstery sand, and t-shirt tree trunk with fake flower leaves. I can't believe I actually found seashells in my stash that matched the purple newspaper ad, but there they are! Lazy-daisy stitches around the house, straight stitches everywhere else.
PHEW, that's the first 9! Thank you for taking the time to look, they were fun to make!