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Friday, 21 June 2013

A Friday Finish

June Grasses.  

WHEW!  I stitched and I stitched and I stitched... and now I can say I am done.

This is about 8x10 and took hours and hours and hours.  Oh my goodness.  I like it.  I did it completely 'unplugged' using some fibres from Meinke Toy, 12 wt thread from Wonderfil, and silks from Margot Lindsay.  The background is some green silk (silk or linen?) I got from my friend Pixie.

On the table is a print out of the original photo I took.


The grass tops on the bank above the south SK River were purply-blue and the were lit up in sunshine.  It was sooo pretty.  I took a close up only last week but ever since, this image has been singing for me to stitch it.

June Grasses, 2013 (with my working mat sitting on top temporarily)

It was an interesting experience for me to 'loosen up' and do a more impressionistic piece of art from that moment instead of attempting a true & perfect copy.  I added sparkle and pinks too to convey the 'this is so DARN pretty!!!' feeling I had when I was sitting in those grasses that night, watching the sun to it's slow dance to the horizon.  (yeah - I'm feeling poetic about it.)

Detail of June Grasses, 2013

People will likely imagine lavender when they look at this.  That's okay.  I really don't mind.  It can be what ever you want it to be.  I think you can click on the above image to view it larger.  Getting the color right on my camera was really tough.  It's really cool and blue in the last pic.  My camera doesn't like purple apparently - especially on a dark cloudy day.  I think the actual piece is much warmer, deeper, and brighter like the photo I worked from.

Now what?  How to display it...  I could stretch it and hang as is.  I have lots of stretcher bars.  Or I might frame it.  With these big chunky silks, I would not use glass over it like I do with the finely embroidery French Knots in thread.  A natural linen mat would be gorgeous I think...  hmmm.

I'll get back to you and show you what I chose.  : )

Next up - a commission with a building!  I can do it (I keep telling myself).  I can do it.


kshinko said...

Beautiful! As a stitcher myself, I can appreciate how much time and patience that took. Keep it up!

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Você conseguiu novamente! Lindo, lindo e suave!
Por favor, se possível, me explique: qual a finalidade do "tule" ("cortinado", "véu" - não sei como se chama aí) por cima do fundo e embaixo do bordado?
Um abraço!

Vini said...

This piece is stunning!
The amount of work is staggering, and you have such a gift to interpret a photo and have the end result even more beautiful than the real thing.
I wish I could afford to buy this, but I'm guessing it isn't for sale! How could you part with it?!

Terri said...

You did a fantastic job on this one, too. I love that you even captured that far away fade in the background. It is so real looking that I thought you were showing a second photo. I can almost sense the fresh grassy smell and the slight flowery fragrance. Love it!

Suztats said...

I'd say it was picture perfect, but it's better than that-it has beautiful depth that a photoo just can't capture, and it's a gorgeous piece!

HollyM said...

I can't imagine all that handwork, Monika! It's wonerful!

CitricSugar said...

So gorgeous! That depth...

sbsudbury said...

Awe inspiring and gorgeous!

Kitchener Quilter said...

Poetry, indeed! It is beautiful.

Threadpainter said...

umumum ! lovely, lovely, lovely !!!

elle said...

The grasses are wonderfully done! :)

Mary Ann said...

This is beautiful...love it!!

Danih03 said...

I love your work so much! You CAN do a building...remember the barn?? I'm anxious to see that!! Just a quick question. How do you sign your work?

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

I hand stitch my initials in the lower right corner. :) MKW ... all straight lines. Whew! :)

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