Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
This was a fun piece to work on! It is little, only 12" square, but I think it packs a punch. :) As a SAQA member and a resident of TX, I have the opportunity to participate in A Texas Experience, a traveling exhibit that will tour the state for 2014.
Back in July, my family and I toured the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco. I learned about the early history of the Rangers which was extremely interesting! What a brave bunch of men! One in particular, Captain W. J. McDonald was the inspiration for this piece.
As the story goes, in the early 1900s, the mayor of Dallas called on the help of the Rangers to dispel a riot that had broken out. On the set day of their arrival, the mayor was quite surprised to find only one Ranger stepping off the train...W. J. McDonald. When the mayor inquired about the other Rangers, W. J. replied something to the affect of: "Well, there's only one riot, so you only need one Ranger!"
To make the boots, I experimented with a new product called kraft*tex.. This stuff is awesome! It is actually paper, but looks like leather and can be sewn and washed like fabric! Cool huh? I used the natural color but it also comes in black and white. It is easy to stitch on and "ages" well with some crinkling and wrinkling. I've got some more ideas brewing for what I can do with it!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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