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Friday, 13 July 2012

Friday (the 13th) Finish

I added the final touches to the Lakewood piece, and it is now it seems to be complete!

Lakewood, 2012

I'm having a tough time getting a good photo of this one.  It looks like the contrast is too high, but when I reduce it, the yellows fade drastically in the Trefoil.  The tree tops and sky should appear a tad more muted.  The colors are pretty true to the real thing though.  It's small at 4x6 inches.  It will be double matted and framed to 8x10.  In this one, I did Sorbello stitches with floss and hand dyed weaver's string, french knots with silk, and seed stitches as well.  I chose not to stitch into the sky, as it was a clear day.  I'll finish the edges and sign it in thread.

So now we talk about weather?  It's HOT.  Still hot.  Like - gross...  and terribly muggy.  Today, the forecast added 'smokey'.  There's a lot of forest fires burning!  Oh my - it must have been the dry conditions and then all the lightening a couple nights ago.  You couldn't even see the color blue when you looked up today. 

Look what happened to me on my way home from the Silverspring Prairie last week!

I kid you not.  A black cat crossed my path.  Out of town!?  Unbelievable.  Happy Friday the 13th!  Lucky or unlucky?


Textile Tragic said...

I say "lucky" that's a glorious shot with the black cat:)

HollyM said...

What a nice piece. It looks so real with all the textures!

Anonymous said...

oh - i'd say lucky! after all, you got another beautiful picture!
enjoy the day!

Margaret said...

I think you could stitch up something really neat from that photo -- the telephone poles and the road are so striking -- with or w/o the cat!

Have a great weekend!

Mouse Droppings Fine Folk Art said...

Loved your Lakewood piece...I really have to get one of your pieces for my wall!!! I sure don't miss toon towns muggy hot summers....its cool ocean breezes for me now...even on the hottest days. The pic of the power lines and the black cat is very eye catching! Love the warm cool contrasts and perspective in this photo.
Cheers, Susan

Anonymous said...

The weather may be hot and muggy but it is summer. And think about how fortunate you are that you have shade trees in your yard, two decks, air conditioning and money/car to be able to drive to pool or for slurpies. So think positive about the heat. It's great for the farmers who's crops are late after a very wet cool spring. Hard for the construction workers and highway builders etc but beats working in -32!

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

I'm very thankful. Yes. : ) I'm not used to muggy though. It's usually hot & dry here. Hot & wet is so weird. Was at a baby shower lastnight & thought I was going to pass out. lol

Thanks everyone! : )

Cindy said...

Absolutely awesome!

LynCC said...

OK, Monica - you have outdone yourself on this one! I seriously thought it was a photo the first instant I looked at the image!.

Dahn Casselman said...

This is terrific Monika--such great use of the various greens. And the Sorbello stitches are awesome!

Patti said...

Oh, definitely lucky! It's a lovely picture and that is a good size cat! I love cats! and dogs and horses and birds...well, you get the idea, lol! Also love your new piece!

Threadpainter said...

Absolutely stunning piece of work ... I know very few hand stitches but whatever you did was perfect !

Love the photo with the cat ... we all need a chuckle sometimes.

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