"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Wednesday 4 February 2015

landscape lines and bees that like shiny

on this allotment there is obviously something that the bees are attracted to
perhaps it is the shiny gilding flakes
or that clump of orange woolly bush on the landscape

this is quite a close up shot of the gilding flakes on hand dyed silk
it hardly resembles silk at such close range ... but has a lovely sheen in "real life"

when layering up my base initially I used some paper from a magazine
that had a bee and a hive and these words by Albert Enstein
"in the middle of difficulty ... lies opportunity"

I had no preconception of how this little piece would turn out
I just added stitch and things as it felt right
as it turned out I like the landscape lines of stitch
with the three rows of running stitches ... matching the bee
I didn't plan it ... I noticed it afterwards

at the bottom I used daisy stitches in bronze metallic
to enhance the tones in the chiffons, silks and gilding flakes
stitches can be added to either enhance or disguise areas of work

tomorrow - a sunny corner ... the sunflower allotment
Friday ... materials for the tutorial
Saturday ... the tutorial


TwinkleToes2day said...

This is very beautiful Carolyn. I really like the gilding and the daisy stitches. The paper is perfect for this piece, I bet you were thrilled when you came across it. The aerial view of this is superb!! ((hugs)) xx

Julie said...

I love it all and am impatiently waiting for your tutorial. That button is just gorgeous! And I now have an idea of how to use my gilded fragments. Your creative intuition is matchless dear friendxx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

There are so many little details to study - looking forward to the tutorial, for sure.

Hastypearl said...

Of Course, Im definitely ON for a Carolyn tutorial! What, do you think Im CRAZY? ;) Stitch on! xo Laura

chrissie said...

Wonderful colours and textures.

Love Chrissie

Carol Rigby said...

Lovely, Carolyn. I am really looking forward to seeing the Sunflower allotment and I'm so excited about the up and coming tutorial. Can't wait!

massofhair said...

So many thing to like... :-) xxx

Lynn Holland said...

I think each one is my favourite then you show us another and I go into Bruce Forsyth mode again and say "did I tell you, you are my favourite"
Lynn xx