Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Hare and Wanderscapes

Most of the background for the second door is complete.
I am loving the intensity of color I get from the detached buttonhole shapes.  

Here is the beginning of the sleeping Hare.

I haven't stitched the head yet. Here I am just checking to make sure everything fits as planned.

I am very happy with how the shape is turning out but the body has become so dense with stitches I am having a hard time working on the arm. My hand complains after just of few minutes.
Slow and Steady indeed. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Slow and Steady

Aesop's Fables are the theme of my next casket. In the story of the Red House, Claire and William run a puppet theater of fables. 

The colors look rather gloomy. We haven't seen the sun in days.
But the colors glow in real life and when I get better photos I'll share. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Back to Hand Stitching

I have started stitching casket 3. Here is the left hand door. I arrived at this place in the design process because of the experiments I did with freehand machine embroidery. 

This is the piece that sealed the direction I am taking with the casket. This image has nothing to do with the theme of the casket. 
When the first figure is ready I will reveal the theme! 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Why Not Use a Machine?

I have been playing with free motion machine embroidery.

I have used traditional casket designs for the Cabinet of Curiosities class and made a 21st century panel of stumpwork. 

I have already filled a notebook with the pros and cons of materials and techniques.

I stitched a jacket for Ruthie. Too stiff.

Here I had success using shades of green to mimic 17th century leaves. Some of this is stitched in place, some just placed unstitched. 

We'll see if it translates to a casket.
What do you think? 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

An Overdue Update

I have been stitching.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Home Again

My "Once Upon A Time" casket is home!
Thank you Winterthur for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of your exhibit "Embroidery: The Thread of History".
It was a magical experience from beginning to end.

So now it is time to get to work on the next casket. 

Oops, I mean the next two caskets!

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Mountains

The mountains are taking shape at the top of the panel.

As I stitch I am making notes of all the details I will come back to later, details I will be adding in 3D or with beads.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Trying To Get It Right

I had fun stitching Bubbledom....

...until I stepped back and looked at it in context with the rest of the map. Too dark and gloomy so....

I took it out. Not only didn't I like the color but....

I decided I didn't like the design either. So I redrew and restitched.

I am happy.

I am still happy.

I had to tweak one tower. I am replacing the original figures with little 3D dolls. Here is the first prototype.
I am still happy! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

A New Background

I spent most of New Year's Day making changes to my map. 
I didn't like the color or texture of my background choice. I dyed a batch of plum/black wool and love it in the background.
I also removed the red stitching that said 'the world of possibilities' . I am rethinking how I will add that title to that space.

How it looks for now!

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year Wishes and Progress

My New Year Resolution to support.
(Stitched in 2016. Feel free to share in social media of your choice.) 

My hand dyed palette to stitch with. Dyeing wool for a new project is one of my favorite steps.

Work on another corner begins.

I have taken this corner to a different decorative level than the earlier stitching has reached. The challenge now is to bring everything to the same level of decorative fun.
Happy New Year! 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Two Days In A Row!

Can you believe I am blogging two days in a row?!

Ruthie, Joseph and Rocketland are very close to complete. It was a good stitching day!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Map Progress

I have been working on the map. I began with the river. The river begins in the Golden Rule Mountains, flows down through the Village and then divides. One branch flows through Bubbledom.

Here is a close-up of the river flowing through Bubbledom.

The other branch of the river flows pass the StairPalace into the River of Stars.

This morning I started stitching Ruthie.

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