I have been working on my mobile for the final Personal Symbols lesson. I chose the sassafras leaf as a starting point (just like I did for the Symbols painting – see March 2006 Archives). Here is the front and back of a decorated leaf (one of four units). The finished mobile will have three small leaves hanging from one large leaf (all with different facial expressions). I haven’t worked out the logistics of how the thing will go together, yet. Just decorating the leaves is taking forever! And to be honest, it’s also kind of strange looking! But I love playing with the materials. I painted Peltex for the backgrounds and sewed on painted lutradur with embroidery thread for the fronts. For the backs, I am just embroidering a design (like the one below) with a buttonhole stitch. Fronts and backs will be beaded and then whipstitched together.
Using Peltex on both sides creates a sturdy little piece. I must order more of that wonderful stuff!
"Baby" Sassafras Leaf (Front and Back View)