There was this blue blue water in the distance. We were up on a hill. The grass was all blonde and dry, trampled from the snowfall. When I looked closer at the picture, I noticed that the distant horizon appeared the same pale purple as the crocuses. Can you see that? I really liked the way it tied the whole scene together. I ended up making a small one she bought right away. Since the crocus is Manitoba's flower, I fully intend to bring some crocus pieces to my show there in May.
|this is about as far as I get with sketching... if I sketch it at all|
Sometimes I sketch. Usually I don't. Often that first reproduction by sight is the art itself. I like the thrill of stitching something out for the first time and seeing if I can overcome the challenge of that preliminary 'sketch' being the final piece. I did sketch this out the other night. It's from the same series of photos I took that day. In this case, sketching was VERY helpful. It made me look closer at the patterns and lines so that now I know exactly how I plan to stitch it out.
|'Spring Rolls' (pardon the pun)|
As for the first piece, the only practice run I did here was to figure out how to stitch the crocuses. I decided on silk ribbon. I didn't have a lot of purple ribbon, so I grabbed a color I wouldn't use much of and began practicing. Here's some of my samples.
|with crocus pictures nearby, I try my hand at reproducing them with silk ribbon|
Finally, around midnight I took out some of my Jaquard dyes and dyed some of the pre-colored ribbons. I added some watered down periwinkle dye to the pink ribbons and they ended up just the perfect match! Once they dried, I slid the ribbons under a warm iron to smooth them out. I added them within the dry spring grasses.
|work in progress - Spring Crocuses #2|
Next I'll add more threads by hand. So far so good! I made smaller masses of crocuses into the foreground because I figured it would look very strange to have one huge flower in stitch. I like the perspective of this one. I think it works well.
|Old camera photo... sigh. I can't wait to see them again! : )|
This year will be a very wet spring. It will be interesting to see how that affects the color and abundance of flowers this spring & summer. Last year, things were very sparse for some native flowers.
That's all for now folks... have a great week!