Friday, January 16, 2015

STITCHING LIKE A TURTLE

NO....Retirement hasn't made me lazy.....it's just been a busy 'life gets in the way' week.  My hands aren't idle though.....

This summer, the Fiber Junkies spent a day painting ugly duckling previously unwanted projects using diluted house paint.  However, we never seem to stick to our original focus.  Judy shared some unaltered canvas that she brought to play with and this is what I did with it.
 Perhaps this wasn't the best thought out idea....but I decided to complete the design with hand embroidery.....wayyyy more time consuming than I expected.
 So, here I am....still stitching away.....actually quite thrilled that I have evening handwork.  I must admit....I'm beginning to like the 'before' look, rather than how the 'after' is looking.  Hopefully after it's complete, it will all come together.
Detail

11 comments:

Linda M said...

That's a lot of embroidery and it looks good.

Maartje Quilt said...

I know the feeling. I am so busy after retirement and I wonder how a job was possible before retirement!!!
Your fbric is so beautiful. I come back to see your embroidery is finished.
Love from Amsterdam.

A Nudge said...

I liked it before the stitchery - made me think of pussy willows down by a stream, but I love it WITH the stitchery!

quiltedfabricart said...

What a transformation! Hand stitching adds so much and winter is a perfect time for it. Never thought of using diluted house paint but why not?

Gwyned Trefethen said...

I get withdrawal symptoms if I don't have some handwork. Too bad you can't have both the original painted panel AND the stitched panel. Each has merit.

Norma Schlager said...

That sure is a lot of stitching and I love the way it looks, bringing a whole new dimension to an already interesting piece.

dq said...

What you did with it is SO WONDERFUL! It just draws to the artistic side of me even though I'm not real artistic.

Nancy said...

It's lovely- soft and appealing. Plus the stitching texture- better yet. I'm with you, I always underestimate how much time embroidery will take. And on it goes.

Regina B Dunn said...

It's looking like a gorgeous tapestry. Keep going.

Linda Wulf Koenig said...

Well, this was was a slap-me-upside-the-head moment...it would never have occurred to me to use diluted house paint for a textile project! And boy, do we have a bunch of leftover house paint around here. Regarding retirement...I am every bit as busy as I was before retirement. The only differences are, 1. Far fewer deadlines, and 2. Rising time is around 9 instead of 5:30. Big perks!

Muv said...

Hello Mary,

It looks really atmospheric, a lovely picture in the making, but I'm having a really hard time imagining what it must be like stitching through diluted house paint!

Love, Muv