Dimensions: 30" x 40"
Fabric pieces: 750
This lovely image is the biggest fabric picture I've ever created. It's so large that it required an oversized mat and frame in order to hang.
I came up with the idea for this picture about a week before the end of my Christmas vacation my senior year of college. I ended up working 15 hour days for a solid week to get it finished before flying back to school. I was even up at 4am the morning of my flight back to Florida dying the sky and finishing the assembly. Fortunately, I completed the whole thing about an hour before I had to leave and was able to take it rolled up in muslin on the plan as my carry-on.
I learned a valuable lesson from this picture about dying my own fabric. About three years after I made it I realized the sky didn't look as rich as the photo. I had apparently not ironed the hand-dyed sky long enough to set the dye, and as a result it was fading over time.
To fix it, I dyed an entirely new piece of fabric for the sky and ironed it correctly to permanently set the color. Then I VERY carefully lifted the sweeping clouds and eagles from the faded background. In some places I opted to leave the faded fabric in place and just cut around the eagles' wings to avoid damaging the delicate feathers. Then I laid in the new sky and re-attached the eagles and clouds.
This beautiful, restored illustration is currently hanging in my living room.