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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Fibres, Postcards, and Snow - OH MY!

I'm surprising myself with how much I'm able to get done lately!  Five hours a day, a few days a week is more than I've ever had to sew.  I even made some video for you to see, but decided to wait for my husband to splice it together.  It's machine and hand stitching - back and forth - so you can watch me make my art.  In the mean time, I have been working on this 'My Sweet Prairie' piece.  It's 6x6" square which I haven't done before.  The sky is not stitched, and the ground involves some felted wool (no really!).

My Sweet Prairie, 6x6 work in progress for the December show

I no longer own my felting machine.  I simply machine stitched the green felt bits down, and then covered the whole thing with hand embroidery.  What is with my camera!?  The flowers are purple in real life.  I took this photo at night with my Ott Light.  I can see the grape colored purple, but my camera cannot.

hand and machine stitching

There are seed stitches, French Knots, and straight stitches all done with silk threads / yarns.  I like this piece so much, that I'm inspired to make three more 6x6" pieces so that there will be one for each season.

Winter will be easy...

haha - Joy sent me this last year after taking the postcards class.  : )

The seasons were all so, so long last year - summer & fall went on forever.  Now we have snow very early - four days of it!  The weather is very mild, and I still enjoyed my morning coffee outside.  My kids enjoyed the back yard at 7 am!  lol

Have a good day.  I'm linking up to The Needle & Thread Network.  Cheers!


35 comments:

Maria Neill said...

One word.. LOVELY!
Maria

Coleen Adderley said...

Absolutely beautiful! Can't wait for your video.

HollyM said...

I like the 6 by 6 format and three more would look great! I really look forward to seeing the video!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh stunning!! you really capture so much in your pieces Monika.

Patti said...

Love how beautiful you make our part of the world look!

Exuberant Color said...

Our cameras seemed programmed to change all purples to blues. I have had some success laying a strip of something med. gray at the bottom of the picture and then cropping it out afterwards. The camera reads the neutral gray and makes the purple the right color. I love your work and am looking forward to the video.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

another great piece!

Sam said...

I'm also looking forward to your video. The piece is really lovely. I'm a little surprised at how much snow we have got in Saskatchewan, I wasn't expecting this.

Becky said...

My camera has a really hard time with purples too. I've noticed this because purple is my favorite color, so I use it a lot!

Mary Ann said...

Lovely piece:) I also look forward to seeing the video.

I find that certain shades of purple and red just don't show up well in pics but the idea that EC had about the grey strip sounds excellent. I must try that out.

Regina said...

Your piece is, as always, very nice. Can't wait for your video!

Bernie said...

Monika,
Glad to see you changing shapes and seasons. It's always great to grow as an artist.
Bernie

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