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Monday, 1 April 2013

Never Say Never

When people ask for commissions, I lay down the line. "No people, no buildings".  I just can't go there.  I'm too scared.  This photo of the little abandoned building at Bergheim is just too sweet not to try.  So I did.  I tried.  I think I actually pulled it off!  I stitched a few lines...

so far so good.

I got pretty excited that it was working!  Just the right shades of grey here and there and the building is now officially done.  : )

omg - i did it

I hand stitched some more grasses with thread and hand dyed silk ribbons.  It's nearly done now.  I can't wait to show you the luscious foreground!  I showed the building to my husband and he said it creeped him out.  "What!?" I asked.  He replied, "Zombies!  It looks like buildings in the Zombie games!"  haha.  Leave it to a gamer...

I still have eight more pieces to make for Winnipeg.  Crunch time!  I am running out of sky, so I popped in to Periwinkle for some solids I thought I might try to paint with the Jaquard dyes.


I stayed up late after the kids were in bed and dyed some silk ribbons for the Bergheim piece.  Dying ribbon is so quick & easy.  I dye ribbons that are already colored and they turn out so natural looking.  I love the results.


Stitch - stitch - stitch ... see you soon!  Linking to WIP Wednesday at the Needle & Thread Network.


15 comments:

Patti said...

lol! Zombies! Your piece turned out really well. Even the building (shack, granary?) turned out nicely. Well done! p.s. make a little zombie and pin it on, tee hee and show your husband! :D

Danielle Hudson said...

You may have to branch out and do more buildings. It's really amazing!!!

HollyM said...

The little old house is perfect! I love old buildings.
You are lucky to have a shop near enough to pick up fabrics and dyes that you need. We have to order everything here. I hate waiting for something I need!

Heather Lair said...

Love the building, Monika!

Juanita said...

You did a great job on the old building. Next we'll be seeing people frolicking in the long grasses (no, not zombies:)

Dahn said...

It is just beautiful! I love your building. And zombies?? I love zombies. Maybe we need to talk. :-)

rtquilter said...

Gorgeous, Monika! Don't know how you do it.

pegsplace said...

I haven't visited for awhile and I am so happy to see your work published in that embroidery book. It is definitely on my to-buy list in the near future. Congratulaions, albeit late. I love your picture and a commission too! So beautiful!

Monique said...

It is beautiful!!! You've done a fantastic job with this!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

love the little barn Monika

Magpie Quilts said...

Sweet building - you nailed it! There are so many abandoned buildings on the prairie, nice to see one in your art!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

the barn certainly looks just like the Prairies!! Perfect!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Gorgeous Monika!

CitricSugar said...

The barn is perfect. I… it… I…. Sigh. Wow.

RetroSandie said...

Sigh ... just beautiful ...

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