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.
Here’s the problem with making art: you have to make all these darn decisions all the time! In making this little embroidery of an island of pine trees in Alaska my decisions seem endless. What color thread? What size? What stitch? It’s enough to cause a phobia of needles and thread. But we must remind ourselves that the intrepid stitcher has no fear. And so, I bravely take a stab at it.
Isn’t this a lovely piece? It is by Jacquelyn who mentioned that she was inspired by my class called Creating Graphic Imagery. She says: Laura, I was inspired by your woodcut quilt pieces to make this floral for our guild challenge. The rules where, either black or white, with 3 analogous colours.
Jacquelyn is also a hand dyer and dyed the gorgeous fabrics for this piece. Did you notice the hand stitching too? Thank you, Jacquelyn, for making such a beautiful design and sharing it with us!