'A Royal Afternoon'
This 11" x 29" art quilt has been in progress several weeks.
It was very difficult to figure out what it needed, and I put in hours of stitching that I later ripped out. I'm glad I persisted, though, because in the end I'm happy with the piece.
As I keep attempting new things, I find I have to keep evolving, learning, and being open to Ms. Frizzle's favorite saying from the Magic School Bus series. "Take chances! Make mistakes!" Mistakes are hard to swallow, and I have had a few big ones this week already. Not everything I do pans out, but this one seemed to.
There were so many new elements involved this time, and though this piece looks very simple, it pushed me. I had never done anything like the printing technique, and found it was just an amazing process. I happen to like long and involved projects, and suspenseful outcomes. This piece read like a good whodunit because the ending was truly a great surprise.
I have done very little embroidery, and I am wondering if you still call it embroidery if you stitch through batting and backing as this is. (Or should it technically be quilting?) This is only the third piece I have beaded, and again, a very different style. I spent a lot of time in the beading aisle of my local Joann's looking through and reading about needles, thread, and anything to help reduce hand fatigue. I found:
1. A heavier needle is easier than a very flexible one.
2. They recommend beeswax to keep your thread or floss easier to thread, but I found soap even better. It was less heavy, and no gummy residue.
3. Some areas were easier to bead using a small quilting frame, and others I did without it.
These are Royal palms, which usually have very smooth trunks, and the seed fronds midway which resemble arms. There a few artistic liberties taken because I can see where I introduced some characteristics of coconut palms, too, though neither is pink!
Putting color on this piece was one of the hardest elements I dealt with. The glitz and shine of the two tone beads helped immensely.
In comparison, these are the other 2 of the 4 prints from the same screen. These both printed darker, and I am sure they were from the last two printings. The 'spine' still runs up through this one, but it has some more saturated areas. It will hang a while, and hopefully I figure out what it needs.
One son gifted me with a new print table, which I assembled this morning. It is a hefty square, and I put it on risers to make it the proper height for printing. I played with some canvas before lunch, and intend to make a simple tote yet today.
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Have a rejuvenating weekend, and putter wherever you like most. Stitch, dig, or just sip your tea in the garden, but do something that makes you feel good. See you in a day or two.
Come on, Doxie girls.