New Look

March 27, 2011


I decided on beads.  Lots of beads for the little red dots that are on the manuscript.  
I also decided I didn't really like to true yellow in the hair of the man.  It needed to be "knocked back" as they say.  I had no other yellow in the piece and it drew too much attention.  
So here it goes. 
He his also surrounded by gold, rose and blue beads.  Different than the little red ones. 
They, the red ones, added more than the pictures show, they sparkle but only a bit. 
All in all, I'm OK with the finished product. 
Now on to the next project.  
I've been playing with beasts and quilting for now.  
I've signed up for Jude's  
cloth whispering and I hope to work on my felt quilt as well as an embroidered quilt. 

March 21, 2011

Two Weeks ketchup

As it gets closer to *real* Spring weather I do more and more outside.  The swamp is changing and showing signs (sooner than my yard) and one of the first are these. 

Blending colors of winter and spring they are the harbingers of the change to me.  I love looking for Skunk Cabbage.  They hide in plain sight and are everywhere, but you have to look to find them. 
The Swamp itself has changed, the ice and snow are gone and it's waters begin to reflect and enhance what lies above the tall skies. 
And the little stream begins to move faster and saturates the ground around it. 
I didn't spend every day walking in the swampy woods.  I was the awkward assistant to my friend Diane as she taught a felted landscape class to some first time wet felters.  She has enormous patience and such a gentle way with people.  A fantastic teacher.  She moves people with kindness and praise toward their best work, not her ideas but only her technique to express their ideas. 
I also added more stitch to my creation piece.  
It is getting closer to Fini
I think all I need to add now is the red dots.  Beads or thread?  Or both?  

March 4, 2011

Quick Peek

I'm off to visit my friend, Diane, this weekend.  She is teaching a class and has kindly asked me to assist.  So before I go, since I didn't post last weekend, a short picture show of new elements before I started the embroidery.  I didn't make the due date for the pictures, I'm not finished.  I just ponder so much over the process I have a hard time with deadlines.  
It is all about the process.  I know for sure it is. 
Next.... the embroidery.