One of my projects requires a background of grass. There are probably a gazillion ways to depict it... in this case it needs to be whimsical, not particularly realistic. It’s not really a lawn, more of a cut field.
An idea (as shown in the sketch below) was to use one piece of fabric and FMQ some grass on it using variegated thread. That idea seemed too plain for this project, so I didn’t even bother to make a sample. The next sketch seemed more interesting, to have rows of pieced patches alternating with bigger chunks.The photo below only shows a section of the sample because much of it got covered up with later experiments, but the main problem was that it was too busy. Also, the fabrics on the left actually are subdued greens, but at least on my monitor they look almost neutral. This project needs more intense color.The sketch below is a mix of the two. The notation about smaller vs. bigger is to remind me to reduce the size of the patches to give sense of distance. The sample below works much better. The lime green foundation fabric unifies the grass while the patches keep it interesting. The right side has more contrasty patches, not sure which values will work the best, but it’s on the right track.An additional idea is to fringe the top of the patches for a grassy effect. But even in this close-up, the threads barely show. May have to add some embroidery. So what do you think? Other possible techniques are to paint some blades, use tulle over small pieces, hand embroidery... If you have suggestions and/or links to another way to say “grass” in fabric, please leave a comment. TIA!