Jack and the Beanstalk is now a pillow, about 12″x16″. It is hand embroidered, my own design, inspired by a book of fairy tales. This has an overlap opening on the back.
And I finished the Mermaid and Troubadour pillow, about 15″ by 16″. This is my favorite one. It has a side zipper.
Here are the backs. Jack has blue and green. Mermaid has lavender and multicolor.
I worked on this for several more hours. Then I took this picture, with no flash. It is truer color than the others, and there is less bounce back from the shiny stuff. What do you think, better?
The work so far, wool yarn and cotton thread, some hand dyed.
I have a new book for inspiration , Free Form Embroidery by Judith Baker Montano. So I started a new piece. It is raw edge appliqué, hand embroidery with thread, floss, cotton and wool. It’s a landscape, and I’m having fun doodling with my needle as I go, a good project to off the new year.
I have been having lots of fun making these bracelets. It’s easy to work while watching a movie, or visiting with a friend. It’s like candy, doodling with thread and beads on velvet, silk and satin. These are for the 212 holiday sale.
I forgot to post these, I’ve been so busy stitching them. These will be pillows, 12-14″, for sale at the TwoTwelve Arts Center holiday sale.
This is the newest Fairy Tale embroidery. It was my sons’ favorite story when he was young, and his Grandma recited it for him many times. I’ll make this into a pillow after I quilt it.
All life goes in cycles. Sometimes we feel like creating art, other times we need to spend time with loved ones. I have a combination of those this week. My wonderful husband found an old book for me, that I have searched for in vain for years. When I was 7, I read stories from the book Giants and Fairies. But I left the book at an elderly relatives’ home, and never got it back. After years of looking through all the stacks of old books I saw in antique stores and resale shops, I finally mentioned it to him. In 5 minutes he had found it online and ordered it for me. I had trolled through many old book dealers websites without luck, but he found it in minutes.
Do I need to tell you how I enjoyed reading it all the way through? How I remembered all the pictures, and stories I’ve never come across anywhere else? I have a fascination with fairy tales and folk tales. You can be sure I’ll be making more embroideries very soon. But here’s the one I made this week.
This will be a page in a book. It is a common theme in my work.
This weekend I went to ArtPrize. Since I rode in a bus, there was plenty of time to embroider. So I made a new mash up fairy tale.