Here's what I've completed as of now...
|hand stitching in progress - ribbon and thread|
This is turning out so great since dying all that silk. I still felt it was a little cartoon-y, and not wild and whispy enough. So I walked away for a day and came back to it knowing just what to do. Here's the rest of it, now complete. I cannot tell you how many hours of hand stitching with regular weight thread I have done on this. I's glad I did though. It added SO much depth and life to it. Look back and forth from the last picture to the next. Can you see the differences?
|Early One Autumn, 2013 - NOT for sale|
That's right, 'Not' for sale. I just can't bear to let this one go. There are so many layers and I managed to make it feel just like the day I was standing there. It was my first day at Beaver Creek. We were all at the top of the valley, looking down at the water and the changing trees on the other side of the creek. I turned around and saw this.
|my photo of Beaver Creek, fall 2012|
There was something that I found so pretty about all those whispy layers. All I could see were things to stitch. I looked at this and saw all the greens, blondes, greys, chartreuse, brick red, even deep yellow.
Hooray! I feel like I'm getting much better photos of my work since wathcing youtube videos on the subject. Seriously, the new camera makes a HUGE difference. Here's an example of my set up. I try to do this the same each time and under the same lighting conditions. SO far, so good.
|natural light, no flash, evenly lit, tripod too!|
It faces the big window, so there's natural indirect light. I have a styrofoam piece inside of a white box that I use to pin up my work. Sometimes those oddly colored pinheads help the camera properly set it's colors when adjusting the the picture I'm about to take.
Oh! I must thank you all for the feedback on the silk ribbon. I have some on order and some that I hope to pick up locally - both left over from another stitcher's stash. I can't wait to dye more!
Have a great day,