Now that the Space Marine quilt is finished, it’s time to look again at the two other projects that are currently on the design wall.
This first one was totally conceived almost from the first moment I received the challenge materials. It’s simply a matter of doing the work. Spent some time composing after the fabrics and threads were dyed, mostly to make sure that my materials matched my plan.
And now it’s a matter of making it happen. Going to do all the stitching by hand but the texture is requiring pinning and then basting to keep the elements in the right places.
All laid out and ready to start the stitching…and that’s as far as my planning has gone.
I don’t have a stitching plan figured out–going to wing it, as usual, but that’s half the fun of it. I will have plenty of play time before I add the paper elements. There is no mind changing once I stitch a hole into paper!
And as I posted on IG, I had forgotten how long hand stitching really takes and this will NOT be done in a day…or two…or several! I need to relax and enjoy the process, not worry about rushing to the finish line. (Sorry, Linda, your challenge deadline is not going to be met!)
And since I had a whole, free day in the studio, I figured I could easily get the second design wall piece ready for stitching, too. I was going to do this one all by hand, also, but my imagination would not come up with a plan for that huge expanse of copper silk. So, figuring out what I really wanted led me to decide that a machine stitched field of contoured line would be fine. Anything that I embroider over it will be fine, but if I don’t cover an area too densely it will still look better than the blank silk.
That’s where my plan fell apart. I never think I have that much thread until I have to decide on which one to use!
Trying out the more red family
and the yellow/gold/metallic rayon types
and jumping over to the contrasting side of the color wheel with blue/greens
and even laying out my least favorite–purple! I do not want to admit that purple looks pretty good!
I’ve kind of got it narrowed down to these few, but I simply cannot decide!
I can hear someone yelling to use more than one, but that’s not gonna happen. This is to create a simple, stitched, textured background. Right this minute the blues are a very distant possbility but I’m not sure if I want the matte finish of the ginger thread, the bright of the middle, more orange rayon or the dark of the front spool.
So, I guess it can sit around for a little longer before I decide. This one totally jumped off the challenge situation it was started for, so there’s no hurry now. And I do have some other stitching to keep me busy!
Warning! When I’m working on a long, slow hand project, there may not be much in the way of postings, ’cause one day’s worth of hand stitching does not cover a lot of area! I’ll try not to bore you with too much of the same thing!