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Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

New Embroideries

I've been stitching and working at Handmade House and stitching and working at Handmade House.  I took a big plunge into more yarn embroideries.  After hanging out with the painters, I really wanted to push myself with the yarns and approach it like painting.  I had some variegated balls of yarn and took them apart, winding and twisting them into smaller skeins.  Then I had them all out before me and slowly put some pieces together based on some favourite images of mine.

September Winds, 2015

I finished off several in the last week.  They aren't framed.  I'm not sure what I'll do them.  Isn't that always the dilemma!?  Still, they were a wonderful personal challenge.  I did my best to keep it loose and chunky, and not get to perfect.  I really like how colourful they are!

Avens, 2015

Those pink blobs are from a photo I took at my friend Bernie's.  They open up into fluffs called, 'Prairie Smoke'.  The whole patch of them give the impression of smoke on the ground.  I'm not sure you can make it out.  I've been keeping this photo for a couple years now, waiting for the right moment.  This seemed like it.  The embroidery is busy, but I like it.  On the black background, it feels like an oil pastel.

The last one I want to show you was from a grove at Bridget's acreage.  We were standing on the hill taking in the big view when I looked down into the trees and say the yellow just glowing in the shadows!  I loved it so much.  And so...  I stitched it.

The blue/periwinkle blobs are meant to represent asters.  I wasn't planning on putting them in, but I think it really added to bring the piece to life.  These are all small, likely as big as you see them on your screen.   Well... whether you like them or not, they were a terrific experience for me.  Each blended streak of yarn just stitched itself out like a brushstroke thick with paints.  Let me know what you think, and maybe I'll show you more.  ; )

Always a work in progress!


Nicki said...

I like these! And way to go on that last one... you did the scene justice. You should hang out with the painters again! ;)

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

These are amazing!! I absolutely LOVE the chuncky look with the yarn. You are so talented!

Jo Ferguson said...

The colours are beautiful and the yarn adds a whole new dimension and texture. Beautiful.

Paula said...

I especially like your "periwinkle blobs". Is always fun to try something new, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Monika- have been a fan of your work for a while but have never commented before(I am a quilter, no blog). Love the detail in your work-- whether it's thread or yard--these are just amazing!!!
Janet W.

C. Heinrichs Good Earth Quilting said...

Monika, these are beautiful and raw. I can see where you'll go with these and its wonderful and freeing as an artist to go new places with our work. I'm in the process of writing up a new book with my crazy quilting style and would love for you to do a little wee project for it and a review of my book? I plan on an mid November release to those who are participating with this book tour. Are you in?

Margaret said...

These are delightful, Monika. And don't worry about explaining what you're trying to depict. They speak beautifully for themselves. :-)

Valerie said...


These pieces are quite lovely! The colours and textures are wonderful!

monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

Awe you guys - thank you all for writing! That's so great. You make me feel so good. I love the encouragment. ; )

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

My hands are clasped with a sigh of delight. These are exquisite. Can't say which would be a favourite as they each speak beauty to me.

Brenda :)

Andy Lloyd Williams said...

What courage to use such chunky yarn. It would be great to see a photo of "work in progress" to see which order the stitches are done. Love them all.

PrairiePeasant said...

Gorgeous! Have you considered framing them with fabric and making pillow covers? Just a thought.

Lin said...

They are beautiful Monika. I especially love the middle one which reminded me of something - and then you said the magic words - oil pastels!

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