as well as glue and thread and cheesecloth!
i had a little time this afternoon so i puttered away at my embroiderer's ledger
i have one thing left to finish for week one and then i'm ready for week two
(the group is on week four - just so you know!)
i did skip ahead though and played with the tissue collage, and last weekend i fiddled with it some more
my inspiration image has a fine grid for the background - like a loosely woven cloth
and i wondered what happen if i sandwiched cheesecloth between the layers of tissue
magic happened, that's what
above you see the back view, which is one solid piece of tissue
below you see the front, where the tissue has been collaged in pieces
nubby, rough texture!
the left side is cut with deckle-edged scissors and the right is as it was formed during the collage process
and below is a piece with random free-motion stitching that forms a trellis shape
perfect for something with a rose motif
i stitched along one edge over and over and over to "perforate" it and then tore along it - the cheesecloth made it a little tough and some trimming of thread was needed but it worked just fine
above is the front and below is the back
for this one i stitched trailing vines with little rosebuds here and there
i think i like the back side best as it is slightly raised and makes it even more textural
and then it was onto paint and paper
which i do not like as well, mostly because i am not good at painting
once i get going i like it fine, and practice makes a world of difference but it's still a challenge for me
so i used a little of my calligraphy strokes for some this and think i might be on to something with that
raggedy rosebuds with a pink petal which actually looks like a pink blob but is meant to resemble a rose petal
(have you ever noticed how they are like funny hearts?)
i was trying to capture the raggedness of the rosebuds on the inspiration piece but mine look rather a mess
lost in translation....
playing with the scrolling designs and fiddling with the heart again
this time i drew one side, from centre around and down
flipped the page around and did the same stroke again, slightly offsetting it
not sure about that either but it may have merit
random ideas on the page
the design has several of these three leaf clusters
i enjoyed shading it with the paint and will go back in with thread and more detail
above is a sketch of the "cheeseclothy" background
and more leaves, more swirls
the image i selected wasn't a particularly great one to have chosen
shapes and design in it are subtle rather than obvious and i have to look at it very analytically
but then i remembered something an embroidery teacher of mine told me once
"it's when you're really struggling, when you're having to think very hard, and it's getting completely frustrating, that's when you learn the most..."
i think of those words every time i want to throw in the towel on something and then i'm ready to keep on
but i still really wish i hadn't painted this rosebud so close to that pink blob-petal!