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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As January Ends

I took a wee break from Wedding Piece #2 to stitch November's HEX LABS choice (StitchMAP) of an owl. I had some difficulties using the heat and bond to secure the small felt pieces to the backing fabric. This led to some creative changes in how the owl was applied, and resulted in tatted toes rather than the satin stitched felt ones in the design, a different eye treatment, and a beak partially stitched leaving a portion of it raised. It adds to the dimensional look, I think.

Still, I'm pleased with the result, and it was a nice change from the beiges, white,  and pale tones of the Wedding Piece.
I've begun stitching on the right side, adding curlicue branches, french knots and doodles to the casalguidi right angle
 Still to come: bullions, stumpwork leaves, and woven picot leaves.

More stumpwork leaves in progress

The left side still needs a few more leaves and bead clusters

the big picture so far
Using card stock and two of my gelli plate prints, this card was created for a special lady. I like the way it turned out.

Hope you're having fun, creative days.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Wedding Piece #2

Once upon a summer's night, two people declared their love and shared their wedding vows beneath a glowing super moon, surrounded by family and friends, all standing amid a beautiful winery. Pink roses flanked each row of grape vines, their soft scent perfuming the air. The grapes were not yet ripe, but glowed in the moonlight with the promise of a bountiful yield.
This is the scene I am trying to portray in Wedding Piece #2.

6 of the 7 leaves are shown with clusters of beads.......

5 leaves are stumpwork, 2 are applique

hmmm, do the beads look like grapes?

how about like this?

 Does this look like grape vines?

more branches and leaves may be needed
 but perhaps with fewer grape clusters, or ones that are not so evenly spaced...
the bigger picture

 I considered larger clusters of grapes
 perhaps it's a bit too heavy a look....

what do you think?
This is the super moon in the upper left corner. It was huge, bright, and had a golden ring around it

the moon shone down all night at the wedding

considering the placement

I think I need to make more stumpwork leaves

curlicues are in the plans, too

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Begins

Happy New Year!
Here's hoping that 2015 will prove to be a good, healthy, and creative-filled year for us all.

We had an ice storm a few days ago, and everything was coated and frozen. Had the sun come out to shine, there would have been lots of sparkle.

Iced cedars

It was a little slippery and crunchy when I went outside to feed the birds.

 I've made a little progress on Wedding Piece #2 over the last two busy weeks.........

 Hints of pale colours appear in the leaves, bullions and french knots.
Still lots more to do before this piece is completed.

I'd better get back to stitching!

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

I've been doing some stitching on Wedding Piece #2 in between preparations for Christmas and doing my knee exercises, although not much progress has been made.
a bit of colour was added to the monogram with whipping and/or couching the existing stitches with single ply embroidery floss

'pearl' bead centers were added to many of the Josephine Knot flowers
 Some letters are being stitched with lots more work to come
 Our tree is trimmed as we await the arrival of family and friends.

May you enjoy this Festive Season surrounded by those you love.
Wishing you Joy and Peace, Much Love,
And a New Year filled with Promise.
Stay warm and safe.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

"God Bless us, everyone!"

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Post

Happy December!
I sure hope this month will be filled with lots of fun and happy activities for each of you. I'm still recuperating from my knee surgery, and I'm being very good and doing all my exercises to reclaim full movement in my knee joint.
What have I been up to since the surgery? Well, healing for the first week or so, and then I decided to pick up my needles and thread, and return to Wedding Piece #2.

 more stitching to do on the B

I'm contemplating adding some pale colours to the monogram

Picture cream seed beads as centers for the Josephine Knot flower cascade
 in the top left corner of the Wedding Piece

still unfinished

woven picot leaves, bullions, french knots abound
more of the same, and yet, different........

lots more to add to this piece

I decided my angel for the Guild Swap needed a little more........

the fancy picot tatting shows on both sides
I added it and some Josephine Knot cascade hair to the other side of my angel

it's on its way to the swap

Then, it was time to return to the gessoed canvas.

I had mentioned egg shells ..................washed, dried, and crumbled

I used 4 eggs

mixing gesso, and acrylic paint

I saw this online, and thought it was a brilliant idea

I mixed the gesso and paint, then folded in the egg shell crumbles

it makes a great texture

it looks rather like corn flakes in milk, doesn't it?

spread into the flower center, I allowed it to dry overnight, then added more colours--yellow, green, golden browns
while wet, I sprinkled on a bit of gold glitz for a touch of bling

once dried, I added a layer of pouring medium to seal all the layers

painting the background......

first layer of acrylic paint colour

hmmm, those leaves look a little too dinky.........


more shading on the petals....

lighten and brighten and shadow......

hmmm, there are some vertical lines showing on the top right petal

I'm wondering if it will bother me.....

dried overnight, and a bit of the highlights have faded........

maybe I'll add a few more. What do you think?

I'll let this painting sit for a few days while I evaluate it each time I walk past the studio......

I think it sort of pops

You might enjoy watching this video about seeing our beautiful world in colour.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

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