progress in my storybook stitching is slow, each stitch, every idea painstakingly thought out
some components made specifically for exact locations, other made simply from desire and then carefully considered on several pages before final decisions are made
here the rabbit is telling the mouse he's found a tree with one bright, shiny red apple... too high for him to reach alone
the mouses' mental image of the tree is presented in a beautiful paper and lace thought bubble
on the same page spread i've added a spirit tree
forests, especially the ones in storybooks, are filled with animals and trees, some of which you can see, and always those you can't
over time, i'll be adding more white spirit trees to these pages, some with ink and others with stitch - i'm almost certain this will be the only paper one... i love it, it was the first, and so it must be special, separate...
the bear, sleeping in his den, stirs, and through misty, snow-filled dreams, he senses something going on outside
hand-embroidered machine-made lace makes a perfect blizzard
trees figure prominently in the illustrations of this storybook and so they will in my work as well
this pin-tucked tree perfectly illustrates the delicacy of a bare tree's branches
and this one small tree, made on a whim, has given me a veritable forest of ideas
even the reverse side, seen below, has amazing potential...
fiddly, finicky, fragile
there's nothing for it but to glue this one down - the tissue paper foundation is delicate and needs to be securely fixed in place
and so it will be the frontispiece of this storybook
i like that, for as much as this book is about the animals working together, it is also about the beauty of winter...
the beauty of the winter forest