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Friday, 6 September 2013

Finished it Friday Once Again!

WOOHOO!!  I am done.  This commission is now complete!  I have it mounted on mat board and ready to ship.  As with every commission I have ever done, there was a point where I was thinking, 'oh dear.  This isn't going to work.  I should stop.  Next time, no more commissions.'  The truth though, every time I push through and face my fears, I surprise myself.  I never fail to come out of it having learned a lot.  It is a huge challenge to get the fibre art to match what my expectations for the piece are - each and every time.  It's always worth it.  It's a learning experience.  Learning = growing as an artist.  All good.  I love this piece.  : )

"?"  name suggestions appreciated.  : )

Hmmm.  Still no name.  We loved the title, "Red Silos" but we quickly learned they aren't called silos.  hehe.  They are granaries.  I don't know if that word flows nice of the tongue.  I'm going to think on that a bit more.

I need to thank YOU Heather Lair (if you are floatin' around in quilter's heaven, listening over our shoulders...).  Heather, in one of her famous joyful generous moments gave me packs of her favorite sewing machine needles when I stayed with her in June.  She was so excited while telling me about the virtues of microtex needles.  She said I MUST try them.  Because they are so fine and sharp they don't leave those giant puncture marks that the 90/14 topstitch needles do.  It doesn't matter to me much except when it comes to skies.  I never want to punch holes in the big blue prairie sky.  In fact, I had stopped doing any stitching into the sky on quite a few of my pieces because I felt it would not enhance the scene at all.  I bit the bullet with this commission and decided to try Heather's size 70/10 microtex needles with my rayon thread.  Wow.  Sure enough,  you can't even see the holes!!  It's fabulous.  WOW.  Thank you Heather.  That was some extremely useful advice.

Come to think of it, everything Heather Lair has ever said to me was 'extremely useful'.  : ) 


Heads up!  This weekend is the Broadway Street Fair.  If you head down there, you must step inside the Saskatchewan Craft Council to see what is in that gallery right now!!  Oh I could have dropped to my knees.  It is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking shows I have seen there.  That's all I'll say.  You have to go see for yourself.  : )

Tonight, I am off to a friend's sewing studio for a night of fun projects!  I promise to show you tomorrow.  Aren't you curious!??!  (hehehe)  After all is said and done, there will be a give-away involved in the next post!  Yipee!

See you then,


17 comments:

laura lok said...

beautifully done a true art piece that will be loved

Anonymous said...

Incredible! Amazing! Wow!
Such a fabulous piece!
Joyce

Barb said...

This is so very lovely. It reminds me of farms when I was a child. Maybe it should be called 'bygone era'.

Leanne said...

I loved reading this post. The piece is stunning.

Shan said...

How about "Waiting for Harvest" ? Or maybe "Fill 'er up"
Or "Bins Bursting with Barley" or "Summer's Pause"

I'm full of it tonight aren't I .

Brenda said...

Round Red Bins?

Willit Neverend said...

Love it, love it, love it! I'm so glad you added stitching to the sky, and extra glad that you used that special needle. I could tell at first glance that it looked different to your other skies - more subtle, just perfect. I hope you decide to use this method for all of your skies from here on out.

Vicki W said...

Oh gosh, it's spectacular!

sherry said...

how about "granaries" ...i use microtex needles for piecing my quilts and some time i use them for quilting...i also don't like big holes in my work

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Wish I could see the stitching. Up close.
Is 'Prairie Granaries' too much of a mouthful?

Actually I like 'Prairie Granaries in the Spring'. Or whatever the season is.
Kathlene

Margaret said...

I continue to love your paint/stitch combinations, and am so glad you decided not to shy away from doing buildings! Around here the granaries tend to be grey/silver; I really like those red ones. As it's September, I had a thought about the granaries lining up like kids lining up to go into school...but a title hasn't emerged, so make of that what you will! :-)

Dahn said...

You're right--the sky looks great AND without those huge holes from the needle, it really, really works. You are so heroic to try this technique..

Title: The Granary at (name of town)
Or Harvest Time

HOWEVER--silo's are classified as a structure for storing bulk material. So it would fit here.

Laureena Braatz said...

Hi Monika,
How about Sun Splashed? The sun on the silos was the focal point for me. Whatever you call it, it is beautiful!

Sarah T said...

I'm in awe. You have given me a greater appreciation of the beauty to be found on the prairies.

I offer 'Grain barrels' in your name search.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

This piece is stunning as is all your work. It is difficult to sometimes choose a name for a piece of work (as I have found out many times). Have you considered 'Grainary Row'(did I spell that correctly as it's not in spell check?)

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Lindo, lindo, lindo!
Um abraço!
Egléa

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Hugs!
Egléa

Nancy Fuller said...

Absolutely beautiful! I just discovered your blog and site and have been mesmerized for a couple of hours now. Very inspiring!

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