I started out with a rather large drawing of the castle like building in the center back of the photo. Played around with that and various ideas from photo realistic to abstract shapes. I really liked the tower. I kept on coming back to that one part. While doodling around with the tower and bridge the fairy tale of Rapunzel would pop up in my head. She became a part of the tower drawing. I contemplated putting her into the tower with the other buildings and part of the bridge as drawn in the first draft.
But, I decided that she would have to be too small for me to do her justice. OR the whole quilt would be a years worth of work if I wanted to make her a good size. Sooooo, in the end I just made the tower with a decent sized Rapunzel!
I strayed from the photograph and played with inspiration a bit ( maybe too much ) and in the end I am very happy with this one. I would have loved to do this whole castle like building with Rapunzel in it if only I had the time!
After doing the lovely rocks from Nellie's April photo I was totally ready to add french knots in and around the cobbled bricks of the tower. Again, time only allowed so much. I don't know if that would have really worked but it is a moot point now. This one is so much more a work that feels like 'mine'. I was really happy to have the extra month to work on it. Could not have done this in a months time at all!
For the slate tower roof I pieced together some hand painted fabrics I had done last year. The blue/grey/green color seemed just right.
hands holding hair detail
bottom end of tower detail
Finished size of Rapunzel in the Tower is 35" x 7". painted cotton with hand embroidery using cotton floss. Machine free motion stitching for the tower bricks/cobbles.