The first I bought over a month ago from Jackie who does the most playful pieces that remind me of the 50s. I really wanted to see and feel the velvet she works on....in 'person' so to speak. So I bought this:
It is a small blank journal and the cover is silk paper with her machine embroidery and velvet. It is better in real life than my picture. I still haven't decided if I should use it myself or gift it to someone. I came wrapped in lovely paper with her card. So professional....yet artistic.
The next piece I bought was a hand embroidered piece by Karen. She really does some remarkable handwork. I hope some day my embroidery will be as lovely. I bought what she calls a 'scrap' and I plan on framing it.
My picture quality is not near as good as hers. I'm not satisfied with my new camera but the piece is done on white silk with white thread and some yellow (her insanely famous knots) pink and green.
Then lastly, I did do some felting for the quilt. I liked the Lady Slipper so much in the book I made for our show...yet it faded away into the background when I fulled it in the dryer. I tried again. Not as good as the first, I'm afraid....but will do for the quilt.Some machine embroidery will fill in the details. The colors are right on the piece and the yellowish background made for a gold hue to the flower itself that I like very much.
I also took some pictures of some Indian Pipe in my yard. They are a wildflower....but a most unusual one. It does not have chlorophyll and thus does not have true leaves nor is it green. It needs a special fungus to provide food that is processed by the fungus. It is also known as Ghost Flower.
It will need a deep green background and white flowers but I have done one previous flower with a similiar color scheme so I think I can capture it.
It's so hot and humid here....80 degrees with the humidity an unbearable 70% but feels like more...I really haven't done much felting. The basement initially is cooler than the house...but I crave sunshine despite the heat and have not stuck with my "Two Blocks A Weekend" resolve. Such is life.