Archive for the ‘2017’ Category

Deep Blue

Monday, May 8th, 2017


3.75 x 4.625 inches.  Hand embroidery on hand-painted silk.

I painted the background, and underpainted the water.  You can see from the in-progress picture below that I also painted some of the left-hand edge of the spare silk a medium blue.  I used some strands of that deeper blue for the hull of the distant sailing boat because I didn’t have any regular thread that was fine enough.

In progress - further on

Early on in making this picture, I accidentally put a blob of “land” paint in the water.  Uh-oh!  I thought about inventing some more rocky outcrops to hide it, but instead I flipped the whole composition from left to right.  That way, the blob became part of the land on the left and even I can’t find it any more.


Thursday, March 23rd, 2017


3.5 x 5 inches.  One of my dandscapes.

The background came about by chance.  I poured on gray-green silk paint and then ran some rivulets of the white medium over certain areas.  This erased the gray-green in stripes, but the silk was still so wet that it blended nicely into a nice effect of rays of light.

The stem is a piece of hand-painted ribbon (here’s how) and the rest is regular Gutermann sewing thread that I have teased into fluffiness and stuck down with acid-free glue.  I stitched the tiny seed pods with skinny pieces of hand-painted ribbon as well. There’s some hand-sewing in pinks and purples underneath the fluffy stuff.  I just wander the thread around in a rough circle; it doesn’t matter much because it will be only glimpsed through the fluff.


Lift-off framed

Make a wish and blow!

Loch Fyne

Monday, March 13th, 2017


6.5 x 5 inches, hand embroidery on hand-painted silk.

A view of Loch Fyne in mysterious and forbidding mood. The loch frequently has areas of perfect stillness while others are made slightly choppy by the wind (or underwater monsters). I hand-painted the sky and mountains, and also the narrow strip of still water. There’s some light underpainting underneath the embroidery as well, which shows through because the thread is semitransparent. Then lots of embroidery with my lovely Sulky threads in various shades, while keeping that strip of still water clear of thread, front and back.


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