Sunday, June 16, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The doors of my next casket are complete. The Hare is sound asleep in one of the Wanderscapes I have created for this series.
Here is the Hare from a slightly different angle. His whiskers may still need a little trim. I trim cautiously, once they're gone there is no going back.
Here are the whiskers after they were first inserted.
The next fable I am working on is 'The Grasshopper and The Ants'. The ants are warm and cozy underground. More ants will be added. Above ground a winter storm is raging. At the moment I have a silver mesh in place to add to the cold theme. I'm not sure if it will stay.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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
Friday, April 26, 2019
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
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
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
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
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
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!
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