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Friday, 27 January 2012

Work in Progress - Nearly Done!

I'm having a lot of fun with this piece.  It has crazy colors, but it's all coming together so well.  This is why it is good to have nearly 300 thread colors in your stash.  ; )  Here is the hand-stitched finishing, part one.


This is based on a photo I took in October.  There were pinks and purples in the darkening sky.  Night was coming.  It was windy out.  I parked just past Grasswood and faced into the west for these shots.  There was a flooded ditch, or maybe a slough lined with green algae and curly-topped reeds.  Those trees are typical - when you can see all these bare top branches poking out above some leafy boughs.  I wonder... if I leave this, will people think I failed to finish the trees?

I have this 7x9 inch canvas clamped into the universal craft stand and my Ottlite is on.  WOW.  These are no doubt my favorite presents from under the tree last month.  I can see good color in the dark, and my work is being held for me.  lol  Brilliant.

I'm quite thrilled at the contrast of glowing burnt orange in the land with the teal and purple in the sky.  I'm really happy as well with the way the water has turned out!  It's rayon Wonderfil, and the reeds are cotton with some hand stitched.  The pond reflects the sky colors really well!

the lower corner of the piece...

I added a lot of texture to the trees' leaves by hand.  There's still lots more to do.

this is my favorite shot

The pink and blue sky is so reminiscent of the beginning of winter here.  So that's where I'm getting the name... "Winter is Coming".  Or should I call it, "October Evening"?  `October`s Eve`.  hmmm.  I haven`t decided.  Inspire me! Hopefully I will get all the stitching completed over the weekend.  There are a few more highlights to add until it's done...  Happy weekend!

16 comments:

Patti said...

wow, Monika...it's a beautiful piece! The first thought that came in my head was September Slough...but slough is such a weird word - very "prairie" though - not many people know the word if they live in the east...

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

your talent amazes :)

Stay inspired!

felicity said...

Very beautiful, Monika. You captured the sky's colours beautifully. And your tree is magnificent!

lyndaanne said...

Beautiful! Those 300 threads certainly help :-) I have recently done the opposite - a study in shades of grey threads! http://lyndaanne.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/emu-egg-all-stitched-up-textile-art-that-is/ (which was actually quite hard....) - Lynda

Stampmouse said...

Beautiful work

HollyM said...

The colors in this piece are really beautiful; I love the purple, orange, pink combination. And I love the trees. We get the same thing here, the sort of wind blown look.
I'm not getting any name suggestions, though. I do like October's Eve.

Wendy said...

Wow! So realistic... October evening sounds good to me.

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

I like this piece the best of all you've done so far! For sure, leave the trees as they are...no one will think you forgot to finish them. Lovely work!

Sheila said...

I would have to say this is my favorite so far as well , just love that orange color and I would leave the trees the way they are too .Lovely work!

Vicki W said...

Your work is just amazing!

Leanne said...

I know those trees, I am glad you are stitching them as they are. The colours in this one are beautiful!

Bunny said...

Just beautiful. Love it.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

How is it possible that everything you make is my favorite? Just stunning!! The sky is so subtle yet you can't stop staring at it. And those trees are just perfect! A name? October Glow?

Faith said...

I'm in awe of your prairie pictures. They are just beautiful.

Bernie said...

I like October Glow - you know how the light just holds and turns everything that wonderful wash of colour.
I love the trees - they look naked and ready for winter.
Your talent is really amazing.
Bernie

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

Amazing, talented lady.

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