One year ago I took this photograph out at Cranberry Flats. Well, truth be told, I took nearly one hundred images! It was a really good time of year for finding treasures. I really loved the sweetness, curiousity, and closeness of this one.
The night before the my first annual Open Studio last October, I stitched out this one. It's small at 3x5 inches... but it seemed the perfect size for the way I felt about that moment. It's all free machine stitched with the exception of the French Knots.
This summer, I thought how nice it would to hand stitch a larger version. So I started. I picked a different crop of the same footpath at a closer view to make it more intimate. (Isn't it pretty!?) And after many days, I thought loudly to myself, 'WHAT WAS I THINKING!?' That is a lot of stitching. I worked and I worked and contemplated how ridiculous this is if it doesn't work out.
But - you know me. I finished it 'enough' in time to photograph for the grant project.
I'm not done. I'm going to take out some of the long grasses and redo them with a lighter, brighter colour. It will add a little more curve to the path too. My favourite part of my photo is the long whispy grasses that are hanging over the path. The colours are off but I did what I could with what I had. Other than that, I think it has the feel I wanted. I suppose I should introduce this as a work in progress.
This is about 8 inches by 11 inches. My favourite part of it is the sage clumps that are buried in the grasses. They are clusters of French Knots. Can you pick them out? there's a lot of layering in this piece. One more day and I should be done. I'm looking forward to getting all my hand work framed before the month is over.
There you have it. Next on my plate is 2 commissions that have been patiently waiting. The first is a threadpainting of our nearby Pike Lake, a place full of fond memories for one woman and her family. The second is a smaller threadpainting of prairies at sunrise.
There you have it! Enjoy the rest of summer!
linking to WIP Wednesday at TN&TN
* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
* * * MANITOBA * * *
Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park
* * * Here are some of the most viewed blog posts this month * * *
Hi! Welcome back to Tips on Tuesdays! This week is all about binding. Please leave a tip in the comments section at the end of the...
At the last meeting of the Embroiderers' Guild, I was given a little project to take home. It was several candlewicking pieces that req...
I'm slightly unsure of telling you about this one.. but here goes. It's different for me but it's just what I was waiting for. ...
Welcome back to Tips on Tuesdays ! This week, the topic is Piecing . Add your tips to the comments for everyone to read. You are welcome ...
I'm teaming up with Brandy-Lynn Maslowski this week to get you all excited about a big postcard swap! Brandy-Lynn is the host of Canadi...
Hi! Mandy just emailed me for sneaky peeky. (Hi Mandy!) I was just about to put this under my machine, but will post photos first. This ...
Hello! I have a new exhibition up! It's called HOMELAND and features 21 prairie threadpaintings through all seasons. It's on dis...
Here it is... the long awaited commission for D. She's the one who said, "just make me something. Be creative." I don't...
Welcome to Tips on Tuesdays!! This week, the theme is quilting: the actually stitches you do through all layers of the quilt. Please leave...
I love my new piece: ' By the Roadside '. I just finished stitching it. I spent 2 solid long days and nights days hand stitching...