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Friday, 20 January 2012

New Colors & Winner Announced

New colors!  Aren't you proud of me?  I have piles of photos from every season, but generally I have done blue sky and green grass.  Even when the grass is yellow, those skies were still blue.  There's a stormy late-November photo that has been nagging me.  It dawned on me that I have just the right sky, from my painting experiments last week!  Take a look.

I realize that is extremely dark.  The foreground has a ditch full of water, backed by reeds that have turned a gorgeous color!  Here's how I have put it together...

That's more blue & purple than pink, but I love the contrast of the purple with the deep orange undertones.  Here are the threads I've pulled out.

The mucky-green is the color of the surface of the water.  I may or may not use these exact threads, but I put them by my machine and start filling in space.

Basic threadpainting started.

I am LOVING this so far.  The colors in real life just sing and glow.  I think it really gets the feel of that day when I snapped the photo.  It's pretty magical.  Crossing my fingers...  Sometimes when I over thread-paint the horizon, things buckle on me a bit because the sky is minimally stitched.  This time, I stuck some of this on the back.  It's pretty cool!  It's tear-away Sulky Sticky+ stabilizer (though I won't bother tearing it away).  It comes on a roll that has a peel & stick backing.  great idea!  No fusible, no iron.  I like that.

And now .... (drumroll please) the winner from is Wendy O!  My random draw was done by my 8 yr old ; ).
Let me know your snail mail and I'll mail it out to you!  Congrats and thank you so much for you lovely comments.

Alrighty then.  Time to do some hand stitches.  Have a great day everyone, and thank you again for all the beautiful words.  : )


~A Maria-kind-of-day~ said...

You are so talented. I love the choice of fabric colors and threads. I invite you to take a look at my humble blog amariakindofday.com I found it interesting that our postings, today, have some similarities!!!!
Keep up the good work.

Wendy said...

yay! Lucky me! This is a perfect prize for me. I am a hand embroiderer and I was just expressing to a friend that I really need to incorporate more brights in my work. It was almost like you heard me! Thank you so much and here's to another 100,00 hits!
My address has been e-mailed to you! Pass my thanks along to your daughter!

HollyM said...

Wow, I love the colors in this one! It amazes me how fast you are too. It takes me longer to decide on fabrics and colors than it does to actually stitch it.

My Sweet Prairie said...

I'm not fast : ) I've been staring at this one for a year as well. If I work at it daily for a few hours per day, it takes a week to ten days to fully complete one 6x8 inch piece... I think that's a lot of hours. Maybe it looks fast when you flip through photos? ; ) hehe I agree though - the contemplating/prep can take FOREVER! lol


PrairiePeasant said...

The browns are beautiful! I tried to find "jack frost" on your blog but it wasn't listed as one of your tags. Am I missing something?

elle said...

Great photo. This is similar to my neck of the woods. Thread painting is a great thing but it sure helps to have an 'eye' like yours. ;^)

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