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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Snowing and Stitching

Stitchin' away.  I am still making up some hand-stitch-only project samples.  We had a small dump of snow so I thought it would be fitting to work more on the 'Spirea Over the Snowbank' pieces.  Remember those?  I started them last year after snapping pics from a neighbor's front yard.  The leaves, branches, and seeds were just poking out of a huge bank.  They were fun to stitch out.  I used Sorbello knots for the clove-like seed pods.  Since then, they've just been been sitting in a box.  After finding that shimmery, glowing white nylon embroidery tubular thread (no, that's not 80's slang...) I knew it would be perfect to stitch ice crystals on the snow.

It added just the effect I was looking for.

I did some weird looking stitching in variegated yarns.  They are inspired by something completely different than what they look like.  I'm not even going to tell you what plants these sprung from.  lol  They look evergreen, and so you and I will just pretend they are.  lol

Like I said... this was just a playful experiment.  I really enjoyed stitching the layers: branch over branch (haha they weren't even inspired by branches!).  I really loved seeing how the colors worked themselves out. The contrast is interesting.  Perhaps I'll try out more based on this theme and see what it develops into...

It reminds me of juniper berries.

What else?  I started a more threadwork from the photos I took up on the hills overlooking Jackfish Lake.  This one will be a pretty good size.  I'm hoping to put it into my show at the Centre Galleries for December.

I'm purposefully hiding the sky.  It's a good one.  It's the last little hand dyed scrap I think I have left from Heather Lair.

Gosh I miss her.

I still have moments of having her in my every thought when I am preparing classes or thinking up new ideas.  She was such a wealth of knowledge.  I miss our conversations.  She always had SO much to share.  I wonder if she kept sketch books or sewing diaries.   hmmm.

Well - on that note, I have no idea how to end this post except to wish you a wonderful day.  If you have snow, I hope it lights up with sunshine today!  That's my FAVORITE thing about winter.  So sparkly, so bright, so crisp, so fresh.  Take care!

me.  last winter.


HollyM said...

Love the hand stitching! The spirea is pretty and delicate and the snow crystals are perfect.
Your branches do remind me some of juniper berries. The color is the color of our tamaracks right now.
Nice picture of you!

Margaret said...

I really must learn to do Sorbello stitch; it's so very effective! And I love your branches...from whatever plant they've sprung. Here's to wintry stitching!

Mary Ann said...

Very lovely...I really like the colours you've blended in your "evergreens":)

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Margaret... if you go to my tutorials tab, click on 'Saturday stitches'... there is a step by step how-to for the sorbello. :)

Lynn Ross said...

Hi Monika, we need to start calling you Midas Monika. Everything you touch turns to gold!! Keep up the awesome work and telling us all about it. Enjoy your blog tons!!

Lynn Ross

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Amei conhecer o seu blog,achei maravilhoso.Visite-me:http://algodaotaodoce.blogspot.com.br/
Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


Beijos Marie.

Vini said...

Gorgeous! Love the variegated yarns....so effective. The piece you are working on from the photo at Jackfish....will it be for sale? If so.....I'd love some info.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Lovely stitches Monika!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Lovely post Monika and your embroidery looks wonderful. Have to look into the Sorbello stitch as I haven't heard of that one before. I finally finished all 20 of my owls :)

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