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Friday, 7 March 2014

BIG Finish for Friday!

I've been slowly but surely stitching away in preparation for jurying next weekend.  I have re-applied to have my handwork approved at the SK Craft Council.  My free machine work was juried a couple years back.  Here's what I've been working on.


I have been holding on to this photo of mine for a while now.  With the recent windfall of gorgeous threads, ribbons, and yarns from near & far, I knew it was time.  Here it is!


I took that picture by a roadside parking lot at one of the conservation areas south of Saskatoon.  I took a LOT of photos sitting there on the dusty road.  I couldn't get over the purples, yellows, and greens.  Back in my studio, I would have never in a million years guessed that I would be using these pastel party-mint colors in my prairie work!   Flowers?  Maybe.  Grasses?  Surprise!

perfect fibres for the job

OH!  And the smell... have you ever rubbed sage in your fingers?  Close your eyes for a moment and breath deeply while recalling that strong scent.  ***I SWEAR I hallucinated while stitching these out.  I swear to you that twice I thought I smelled that heavy sage scent.  Crazy, huh!??  I'm still confused by that one.  My mom picked a big bag of it for me last year.  It's up in my closet.  I had to go pinch some off and breathe it in just to confirm that I was smelling it for real.  Explain that to me?

Before photographing them, I placed mats over to square them up.  They are a bit bigger that the window of the mat.  I'll get them framed next week and have some properly cut textured matting put in.  Okay!  Here they are at about 5" by 5" each.  

Bluestem & Sage, 2014.

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 !  Like 'em?  I like 'em.  : )  I REALLY like 'em.  They aren't for sale at this time.  They will be later on in the year.  I'll keep you posted.

Have a great day!  And THANK YOU to Nell, Margot, Jean, Eleanor, & Vickie for all the incredible stash (some gifts, some purchased, some bartered for).  I am having so much fun with it all!  : )

17 comments:

Kathy's A Quilter said...

these are phenomenal. What an inspiration you are.

shirley said...

I love the colours you have used in these worderful pieces.

Eileen said...

I like that your work is inspired by what you see in your day. Good interpretation!

Maureen Heywood said...

Stunning work - love the colours and please do keep us posted if they come up for sale later in the year!

Jennifer Ward said...

These are wonderful!!

Kate said...

Absolutely beautiful, Monika! Your creativity is totally amazing.

mckittycat said...

These are beautiful! Mary Ann

marsha said...

absolutely stunning

Lin said...

They are beautiful Monika! I love the colours and your stitching is perfect. Good luck with the council - what does SK stand for please? xx

Autumn Adams said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

deanna7trees said...

your stitching is just beautiful and i love the pastel colors. to address your statement about 'hallucinating smells'. i have a thing with smells from the past. i tend to bring them back without any rhyme or reason. i always have to ask others around if they are smelling the same things i am to know for sure if it is just in my mind. i've had the gas company here a couple of times because i was smelling gas....all in my mind.

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Oh, sorry! SK is short for my Canadian province, "Saskatchewan".

Lucy said...

Oh...my. Your work is - are words adequate? - amazing. Inspiring. Mesmerizing. A gift. So glad I found your blog! Now to find some fabric and fiber; I have this sudden itch to stitch!

Anonymous said...

Monika, I always admire your beautiful work. But these 'take the cake'. The colors are astounding.

And thank you so much for the envelope of threads and fiber. Fun.

Have had guests in and out. But I will be looking for a picture to stitch today.


Kathlene

Verna G said...


Those are just beautiful!

Electra said...

Beautiful!!

Elaine Salt said...

I found one of your beautiful pieces through Pinterest. Such varied and pretty landscapes and such infectious enthusiasm for your work. I need to go check out my stash!

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