It was such a lovely morning today, so before starting to stitch I went for a walk with a friend in the sunshine (observing blue sky for research😊) Lots of chat, fresh air, exercise and a cappuccino set me up nicely for a day in the attic – and we saw one of these too –
a tree creeper doing what it does best!
I had to decide how to work on the three pieces before I started work this morning – would I continue working down the first panel to get all the colours blocked in before adding further stitch detail? Or should I complete all of the sky across the three sections before continuing to work across all three panels to block in the colours?
Weighing sense of completion, against colour cohesion, I went for the latter – it would have been terrible to run out of the turquoise pieces I’m using in the sky because I’d used it some where else!
So, sew 😄 several hours later the sky is all ‘blued’.
I wouldn’t like to count the number of small patches I’ve ironed and stitched into place today – but I do now have a new stitching technique- the panel is so big I’ve been standing up to machine it!
I think I made the right choice as this is all that’s left of two particularly ‘sky-ish’ spiral dyed pieces!
I’m off to Gallery 45 in Felton tomorrow for the Meet The Maker event – so if you fancy a trip to the countryside – and some lovely cake😄 come along and say hello!
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I do enjoy your blogs Donna. And I love your work. Thank you for sharing it; as I live in NZ, it is the only way I will ever see it.
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Thank you so much, Erica😊. I’m lucky to be able to do what I do and it’s fantastic when others appreciate it! What’s the textile art scene like in NZ?
Lovely to hear from you, Donna. The textile art scene here is small, but vibrant. I think it received a real filip when Alyson Midgelow-Marsden migrated to NZ. I belong to the Auckland Embroiderers’ Guild. There are a few of us there who like to dabble with mixed media. I personally am limited by lack of space and lack of funds but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate other’s work! I also am fortunate that I volunteer in an op shop – I think you call them charity shops? – for the church I used to go to. I ask them to give me old linens which are foxed. The laces can be removed and dyed. I look after the bric a brac and sometimes get inspiration from stuff which would otherwise be thrown out…but that limited space limits what I can make use of!
Sounds great:) I looked up Alyson’s work – it’s lovely. Op’ Shop /charity shops are a great resource aren’t they? There’s something lovely about the feel of old linens. My mum volunteers in one and keeps an eye out for things I might be able to use!
Keep dabbling with the mixed media!
It’s brilliant to be able to see the progress of the My Journey panels, like having a peep through the keyhole! It is looking amazing already, i’m really excited.
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