Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SFSND Challenge - Jewels of the Sea Part 2

I found out that I have to use ALL the crystals - no leftovers allowed. As I have already matted and mounted the piece on a backing, and the two large red crystals just do not fit into the design, I took their suggestion of using the extra crystals as part of a "signature".

The addendum piece is a separate piece:

To be associated with the main piece however they feel appropriate:

I've decided to mail the whole thing in, as it is a small piece, and the crystals are difficult to photograph with their reflections. Even though it's not due till mid-January, they say I can mail it in now.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SFSND Challenge - Jewels of the Sea

I was lucky enough to have scored a set of Swarovski crystals that is the basis of the "Jewels of the Sea" challenge. This is the second "Stitch at Home" challenge from the school.

I really enjoy their challenges - they allow me to go to town to try new things - and I don't have to frame up the piece, or to send it in.

I was able to use all but 2 of the crystals, which I will then have to send back. For this piece I used painted cheese cloth, tulle edged with memory thread, and lots and lots of invisible thread. My quilting friend (thanks, Leslie!) provided me with the background - hand dyed batik - which worked well with the design. I did find out that the batik fabric tears easily; the next time I will iron on a backing to strengthen it.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

MC Step 6 - Red Boat - Done

Here it is:

Detail of the hill, with the smooth rocky edge behind the vegetation:

The boat and its reflection:

The sparkle in the water, which can be seen at an angle:

Reminds me of an impressionist painting...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Master Craftsman Step 6 - Unity

A new record - starting on the final step now, when it's not due till next February. My original intent - and I kept at it for several weeks - was the milky way sky, with Joshua trees in silhouette in front; however I don't think it's a good design to show color unity. After kicking around a few ideas, I finally decided on this one.
My painting teacher should be proud of me; I painted it first.

So far:

Detail of the hill:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sfsnad Project Really Done

Well, my teacher Laura would not let me get away with a sloppy job. Based on her comments, I fixed the tops of the two front hills, and slightly grayed out the left hill. Since I had to restitch the left hill, I fixed the poppy center that I didn't like, and added more fronds.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sfsnad Project done

It turned out well; the only part I don't like is the center of the poppy - should have done it differently, but I'm going to let it go. I don't think I need to add any more yellow/orange sky color. As usual I'm going to sit on it and review it tomorrow. It might need more green fronds on the lower left quadrant - it looks a little sparse.