Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Quilter Cross Stitch

August has flown by. I think because I spent a greater portion of it digging around in a blueberry patch! I lost count of how many I collected, but it must have been upwards of around 50 liters. A new record! The freezer is bulging of berries.

The picking stole time from everything else, pretty much, but now the berry's days are passing, so it's time to get back to stitching and other fun things. I started The Quilter Cross Stitch maybe in February or maybe it was March. Quite some time ago, in any case. I got distracted by many things, so I just decided it had to be finished.

Actually the main reason I had to finish is because some new cross stitch projects have to be done, but they are top secret. Yes, I am getting published, in a book ,even! It's a Christmas book, but I am not certain when it is to be released. I am furiously working on stitching my pattern, so I can ship it off. Then next up is another cross stitch pattern for another publication. More on these when the time comes.

About The Quilter here then. The inspiration came from my mother who is a quilter. I wanted to do a little celebration of the quilted arts in a fun way. This design was the result. I felt I really must stitch this one to do the full honor to my mother!

Now August is winding down, time to think about the embroidery journal project before I throw myself into more cross stitch!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

July Embroidery Project

Hi all,
I am posting my July embroidery journal project today. It was a bit of an experiment! The idea of red stuck in my head. I wanted to do something with summer fruit. I ended up with currants, raspberries and cherries represented in this little project.
I was a bit free with my interpretation as you see. Actually I really wanted to do just the currants like in one of the photos I pasted in my little book using a bunch of beads, but it didn't quite work out.  I covered some wooden beads with crewel threads, and they were too big to fit with the smaller beads, so they became cherries.  I wrapped up the stems in some thread and attached them.  They are a little floppy, but I like how they look. I will definitely find a way to use that idea in another project.

My lines of currants actually look kind of cool. They look realistic, so something esel I can use too.

I have made a couple watercolors too with red fruit and a mushroom. I'll get those scanned. I'd say I've learned a lot about working with colors! I don't know if I will continue making more color pages with other colors, maybe. This was mostly a fun exercise to do while I taking a break from the usual tasks.

I will say though, that I feel myself noticing the color around me much more. It's so easy to just dismiss things as being one solid color, but they aren't, and the light changes the color we see.