Speaking of gifts I've received from quilt buddies.....
I've had them sitting on my 'urgent' I wanna do something with them pile....
In a fit of trying to get my hand dyed wool pieces better organized, I uncovered this lovely, subtle, ice-dyed small piece of wool. I've never attached an item shaped like this before....which was challenging I must admit.
The edges were not uniform, some slopping in toward the bottom, others side were opposite. It was a good exercise in proper spacing and thread tension!
Before I went further with the embellishing, I began to explore other design elements.
After hauling out what seemed to be half the supplies in my studio....this hand dyed piece of gauze caught my eye.
So as is often the case....I changed my mind. The circle motifs were replaced with embroidered squiggles and beads, with a plan to use some gauze. WELL.....it took me hours to realize I couldn't get small gauze pieces attached to the wool without the shine of fusible web or glue. Hand stitching didn't hold it well enough.
So.....since not a single other thread in my entire collection was the correct shade.....I pulled these long threads from the gauze...
.......and hand stitched the small motifs instead. It was the long way around to achieve these little touches but it worked.
Detail of the bead embellished clay motif.
Though I work in many different styles, I'm especially drawn to simple, clean, minimal designs.....featuring a focal element which is quite visible. It draws the viewer in for a closer look where other details keep their interest.
WAVELENGTH - 10" W X 8" H
Artist ice-dyed wool, machine stitched, hand
embroidered, and bead embellished.
Museum wrapped on wood frame.