Monday, June 27, 2011

Charley Harper ladybugs

Charley Harper ladybugs in felt

I made this felt picture based on Charley Harper’s ladybugs a while ago as a break from quilt-size appliqué projects, but I never got around to posting it. Then I caught wind of the Charley Harper Quilt Along and thought it’d be a good time to share.

Judging by the enthusiastic interpretations people have posted to the Quilt Along pool, Harper’s illustrations are ripe for reinterpretation in fabric. My fabric for these ladybugs, wool felt, is relatively boring, but it was a fun, manageable project to stitch up on a whim, and the felt gives it a little dimension.

Charley Harper ladybugs in felt

The Quilt Along’s got me itching to work up some more small Harper-inspired pieces—I’m almost done with a goldfinch in needlepoint that I’ll have to get a photo of. We’re moving house in a few weeks, and I’m envisioning a beautifully composed wall of Charley Harper needlework in the new place: the fused fabric pictures the Mother made for me, a quilt from this pattern I found, maybe some cross-stitch, and whatever other fibrous experiments get my needle aflutter.


pasqueflower said...

Very cute! And seasonally appropriate!

LeAnn aka pasqueflower

La Mañosa said...

Wow, this is so impressive! I haven't seen a lot of Harper's work but what I have seen has been so interesting and beautiful! You did a great job on this piece and I hope you make more projects inspired by his art.

Barbra said...

Love it!♥