Thursday, May 31, 2012

Princely Dragon

I've shown progress on my new backyard world here. I thought you might like to see the work while the owner is on site. 
Here the Princely Dragon is inspecting the very rough beginging of his palace.

A tower dome waits to be hoisted in place.

The front entry is stained glass.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Progress 6

I'm very happy with my new background, both the color and the different stitch.
The bunny now has a smart red vest with blue buttons. Under the glow worm is the beginning of the flower bed. Lots of 3-D stitches and flowers. 

With coat tails flying this young bird is headed home for the night.

Constant tweaks and changes.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Progress 5

I wasn't happy with the background. I didn't like the way I was stitching it and I didn't like the colors. Now was a good time to change this. There is quite a bit of background sky in this embroidery.

So I dyed a new batch of background sky. It looks like wooly wisteria as it drys in the backyard. I dyed the wool in two separate pots hoping for a slight color variation between the two. It might be there but I'm not seeing it yet. Now if I wanted identical colors....!  

I'm doing some of the grass hills in chain stitch. I love the texture. I'm stitching directly over some small details. I'll stitch the details and figures on top of the chain stitches when I'm ready.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Stitching Progress 4

I am playing with stitches.

As usual my work doesn't fall under the traditional category, but then it doesn't stray that far from the norm either.

One of my favorite looks from my rug hooking days is a background that is mottled or varied.

That is one of the things I am aiming for with this piece.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Backyard Progress

Before I show the backyard castle progress, I want to show 2 new friends we watch playing in the yard. Mama fox is nearby, watching from the woods.

There have been many changes since the first post. Shortly after I began we had a torrential rain that washed out much of the brick walk and the stream. Above is the castle at its largest and the stream bed before it was lined with hypertufa.

What you haven't seen yet is the castle on the other side of the brick walk.

Here is a closeup of the drawbridge.

On overview of the trimmed down, but unfinished castle.

The new brick walk.

The 'Pool of the Planets' is at the beginning of the stream. Floating inside are bouncing balls I saved from when Charles and Jane were little.

Don't forget my comments link finally works!

You Can Comment, Really!

 The mystery of the missing 'comments' link has been solved!
Thank You Charles!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Stitching Progress 3

The stitching continues and so do the changes.
A pool, waterfall, swan and fish have all magically appeared out of nowhere.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Stitching Progress 2

The bunny was not in the original drawing. I'm never good at following directions, even when I'm the one writing them.

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