Here is the second Autumn piece from Cranberry Flats... the 'ugly phase' I call it. The machine stitching is done and the pretty details come next. (ie: the 'pretty phase')
|Autumn scene in progress|
I had completely different plans for this next one, but these crazy fibres were calling to me. The whispy parts you see below are dyed mulberry bark that I got from Meinke Toy - Uncommon Fibre Art Supplies. You pull it apart and it makes such perfect landscape backrounds. It's so fibrous. It'a easy to stitch into.
|unnamed, 3x9" work in progress|
And YES! I have more. I went through all my former art pieces to decide which popular one to rework. I have a couple of canola fields but my hands are getting pretty stitch-sore to pull off another flax field too. I came accross 'Bloom' which I've done small a few times. I figured with that piece, I have such a good handle on it that I would try a really big one. I used some dyed mulberry bark and some cheesecloth too to build up the background. They colors were so lovely. As I went along, I changed my mind on the bright orange & red blanket flowers and did some prairie grasses instead.
|By the Roadside (in progress)|
In the bottom left corner I put the edge of a road. I used some hand dyed silk Sari ribbon, also from Meinke Toy. It's terrific stuff! It's totally recycled fibre and so versatile and lovely to work with.
|made with dyed mulberry bark, cheesecloth, silk sari ribbon|
It sure was a huge time saver laying down a background as opposed to stitching it all out. I like the effects too. They have such a natural feel to them.
So there you go! That's what I've been up to. I'm not sure which pieces will be in the Little Gems Show yet. I will post them once I decide. Here's the poster if you want to mark your calenders.
|Little Gems in Saskatoon, fundraiser for Station 20 West|
Have a great weekend! I'm going to take a couple days off blogging to finish up some things, which includes shoveling all that snow we got!. See you soon. : )