My mother-in-law got me the greatest book for Christmas - Fabric Silhouettes, by Louise Handley. I finished my first one this weekend. OK, I haven't really finished it yet since the edges are still raw, but the silhouette part is done. I would have loved to have used some different fabrics, perhaps something more rocky for the beach, but since the only way in or out of town is by airplane this time of year, I had to make due with what I happened to have on hand. I also need to get some sharper X-acto knives before I attempt this again. My husband's are in desperate need of a sharpening. But all in all I am pleased with it as a first attempt.
I must admit, I didn't follow the author's instructions. She suggested using tracing paper and then graphite (carbon) paper to transfer the reverse the pattern. I decided to use a clear transparency sheet - you know, the ones teachers use on the overhead projector - instead and I was able to cut out an entire step. When I make another one I'll take pictures and post a tutorial.