Monday, June 18, 2012

Purple Peacocks

"Down Briarside Lane, Purple Peacocks are Proud of Their Plumes."


Another project that will be in my book (available next month in my shop). I had such a fun time making this one and I'm so loving the colors. There are no rules with Folk Art. It's suppose to be fun, not fussy, so if you want purple peacocks, you can have them! :) :) :)


The borders in all these project are hand stitched in a primitive style stitch with Valdani 3 strand, colorfast floss.

The wool applique is also hand stitched with Valdani while the black background is machine quilted.

This project was completely inspired by my friend and one of my most favorite artists, Jeri Landers, of Hopalong Hollow. You see Jeri has two peacocks that live at the hollow. She calls them            "The Peabody Boys."


Here they are on the gate while Jeri stands in the garden. Jeri's husband, James, took this photo and I think it is just so magical! I love it! I also love the bunnies cut into the gate!

I know you will truly enjoy visiting with Jeri and all the critters in the Hollow, so hop over and visit. Tell her we said hello!

Have a fun and inspiring day.

xx, Michelle and the Bunnies

26 comments:

Jeanette said...

Must be for me. :) lol. I love purple. The hanging is beautiful. Hugs,

paulette said...

Just lovely...I really like the stitching!! Very effective!
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Jade said...

Pretty purple peacock plumage perceiving people present as pleasant and perky.

Hee, I love alliteration. :D

gail said...

Hi Shell,,, I love the purple peacock!!! This is so pretty. I really like the stitching in the blocks too. What an amazing photo of your friend. It is magical!
I hope you all are doing very well. I have been so busy with my new job and totally redid my studio ` again. I am posting pictures later this week, then hope to get back into creating! Have a great week. ((())) Gail

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh Man! Memories. Once BL and I camped our way across America and often stayed at KOA campgrounds. There is one in Billings, Montana and they had a bunch of Peacocks running around! Noisy but pretty! Maybe there are still peacocks there!

Fiona said...

How clever of those peacocks... looks like a grand entrance... and I love your purple version.... you have teased us for so long with that book - please put my name down for one .....

N. Maria said...

Oh, my! A book! I am so happy for you and I know how busy it will make you.......well....more busy than you already are! Hugs, Maria

Christina said...

I am hopping over for a visit right now and I love the colors on your Peacock!

Lesley said...

This project is adorable! Love the purple and green!

shez said...

so pretty Shell and i love those bunnies carved in the gate.xx

Jessica said...

So gorgeous Shell!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU TOO KNOW AND LOVE JERI LANDERS????? She is super. She is an inspiration and many a time has she made me laugh so hard with her barnyard animal antics. Purple peacocks? WHY NOT! Purple rabbits? WHY NOT! Your work is splendid my dear....have fun! Anita

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

Hi Shell! ~ I am loving your peacock and her colors....and the quilted background....and the borders with their hand stitching (it adds so much to the piece). Your work is always lovely and so inspiring! Summers here so I'm not blogging as much but it's always a pleasure to see what your working on. Have a great week!!
Happy hugs ~ Jenn

p.s. I also like the bunny gate ;)

Love Bears All Things said...

That is a unique design and I love the photo.
Mama Bear

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

WOW! Love the purple and green!
And such a menagerie of critters from your creative hand for these projects.
My aunt in NC had a peacock years ago... Mr. Wonderful. Scared me the first time I "heard" him!
Have a great Monday!

speedyrabbit said...

Beautiful but I could never make stuff like this all fingers and thumbs when it comes to sewing.lol speedy's mum

Lisa said...

Peacocks are awesome! This post just reminded me how when we went on vacation we went to the zoo and the peacocks were loose around the zoo and Jon was so afraid of them! LOL!

Lisa said...

Peacocks are awesome! This post just reminded me how when we went on vacation we went to the zoo and the peacocks were loose around the zoo and Jon was so afraid of them! LOL!

Carrie P. said...

Now that is a regal looking peacock. that is a neat photo and I really like the gate too.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shell,

The peacocks are so beautiful and love the gorgeous colours you have used.
Also enjoyed seeing the photo of Jeri and her peacocks, always a treat to go and visit her at Hopalong Hollow.

Happy new week
Hugs to you and the bunnies
Carolyn

VickiT said...

GORGEOUS! Wait! Did you need my address? I'm MORE than willing to send it since I am just sure you've created this beautiful piece of art must be for me and my huge love of purple. :)

Erica - Peppa Jo Patterns said...

Oh I love your Peacock!! My favourite colours!! Well done!

Jeri Landers said...

Shell, I am so happy about your new book! The Peabody boys send their regards and wish to express much admiration for the purple peacock.

Sharon said...

Love the colors!

Hope you are not threatened by the fires in New Bern. I just saw it on the news.

Kris said...

I LOVE your Peacocks!!! and the real ones are pretty cool too!!! :-)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

The purple grabbed my attention...I LOVE it! And I love the stitching in your little blocks.