Copyright Angela Bentley
Abbey at Dusk
This embroidery was inspired by the beautiful red sandstone ruins of Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland. I loved the way the tree branches seemed to complete the arch of the partially ruined window.
The background fabric is Silk Bourette which I dyed using Procion Dyes. Dyed muslins were then added with Free Machine Embroidery to create the background foliage.
I made a print block for the window arch and printed it onto Habutai Silk to represent the smooth carved stone. This was applied on top of the background foliage. Various textured fabrics were also added in layers to represent the rough, crumbling areas of stone. These areas were Free Machine embroidered and then hand stitched. The architectural details were also added with Hand Stitching with various metallic and textured threads.
Finally more foliage was made using Water Soluble Fabric and Free Machine Embroidery and applied to the foreground.