|You are my Happy!|
When the theme of friendship was first posted I knew that I would do an illustration of my best friend and husband of forty years, Bob. We met the first day of college and became great friends a year and a half before we started dating, and have been together ever since. I decided I wanted to get the look and feel of an athletic letter jacket as we were young when this friendship started, yet I wanted to depict him as he looks now, young at heart. I did a combination of a thread painting, sewn down strips of raw silk, and the heart is a piece of marbled cotton fabric. ( I took a three day workshop in June learning how to marble on silk and cotton and this fabric was created by me in that workshop taught by Karen Tunnell.)
I started with a photograph, and did a simple illustration of it and transferred it to my fabric. Then I inked on the fabric with Tsukineko Inks, mapping out where the lettering would go. I appliqued on the heart with machine applique and started to thread paint. I didn't plan what else would be on this just kept adding as I was sewing and memories would crop up as that is the way our life has been. No grand plan just doing what seems right at the time for both of us. Sweet Pea and Butter Cup refer to our daughters Rebecca and Taryn and they are without a doubt the best thing created from our enduring friendship and marriage. The heart with initials was taken from our the wedding invitations that we silk screened together in college. I will post some details below so you can see it in more detail. Lots of sewing on this little one and lots of back and forth between thread painting and inking of thread and fabric.