Windswept (18″ x 22″) by Ro Morrissey
Our autumn color is finally here! Maybe the delay in arrival was due to the hot summer or Mother Nature’s paint brush being lost in the mail. To celebrate Fall’s arrival, I bring you a lovely quilt called Windswept by Ro. Ro used my hand dyed fabrics. and her wonderful sense of color to create this autumn image.
You can see more of her enticing landscape work here: Cape Cod Fabric Art.
Blue Rake by Laura Wasilowski
And to sweep up all those falling leaves, a Blue Rake by me. This is a favorite time of year for many of us. We are so lucky to live an area with changing seasons.
The distant mountains in my landscape design rely upon the use of a Size 12 variegated pearl cotton like this True Blues Colorway. By placing Satin Stitches at different angles, I’m hoping to get the illusion of rock fractures reflecting in the sun. Once I complete the horizon line or mountains for the design, I can fill in the mid-ground and sky.
Notice how those foreground plants in my silk landscape embroidery are really jumping out? I used a Size 12 pearl cotton in the Evening Greens colorway to fill in the areas around the leaves. The dark value of the thread is in high contrast with the lighter value plants.
The next step is to come up with a stitch idea for the distant mountains. I have something in mind but need to test it out first. If I don’t like the stitches, I’ll just remove them!
Soon I’ll be teaching a new class called Free Stitched Embroidery Landscapes in Sisters, Oregon. I’ve taken a break from making this desert landscape stitched on silk. Well, I’m calling it a break but really I was distracted by other stitch projects.
Stepping away form this free-form embroidery for a while also allowed me to see it in a different light and conjure up a different vision of the design. Now that I’ve outlined the plants in the foreground, I can move on to more stitch ideas.
Recently I returned from teaching on a cruise to Alaska. The scenery was amazing and I took dozens of photos. Alas, this is not one of the better ones. But in reviewing the photos, this image gave me an idea.
Why not do a landscape embroidery featuring an island of pine trees in a bay? It happened that I had this piece of silk with me along with my embroidery kit. So I started this on the ship near Sitka, Alaska. Nothing can compete with the real thing but I’m looking forward to the challenge of stitching this design. Here you see the tree trunks awaiting foliage, earth, and rocky shore. Look for more developments in the future.
Embroidered Landscape #4 by Laura Wasilowski
You may think that all I do all day is goof off. But behind the scenes I’ve been slowly finishing up my silk landscape embroidery. You may remember in my last post about the whole cloth embroidery that in I’ll July be teaching a stitched landscape class called Free Stitched Embroidery Landscapes.
Embroidered Landscape #4 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
Students will receive threads and fabric as part of a kit and my new booklet that describes the various embroidery stitches. But first, I need to make a few more examples. As soon as I finish goofing off that is.