Saturday, November 18, 2006

Problem Solved !!!

The orange kitty is now one of my favorite canvases!!!!

After the trials and tribulations of the last few weeks trying different things to bring the canvas to life as I wanted it. It is now complete.

The flower pot that was in my head subtly shaded has been giving me fits. After a few false starts I hit upon something that I really love. Canvas Collage. Rosalyn Cherry - Soleil is an amazing needleartist from Canada. She has been working with fabrics in her needlepoint for years and the results are stunning. If you haven't seen her work, go to you will be amazed!

I decided to give it a try. With a little encouragement from Rosalyn I embellished the pot with beautiful batik fabrics in 3 different tones. Then added embroidery stitches on top for more texture. The results are stunning. Okay, I'm biased. It's finished and the problem is solved!

I'm also hooked! There is something very freeing about adding beautiful fabrics to your canvas. It covers large areas quickly and adds an entirely new dimension to the piece. It's really a lot of fun.

I've sent the canvas off to the finisher to have it made in to a leather tote. It's going to be wonderful!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Make it Work in Real Life

As I mentioned in my last post, sometimes you just have to make it work.

I have a series of beautiful cat canvases that we designed several years ago and have now finally decided it was time to stitch at least one of them. I had the orange cat with tullips almost completely finished and then I decided I didn't like the flowerpot. In my mind it was to be a very subtle gradation from shades of purple to pink and back again.

Well, that was in my mind. In reality it is striped.

It's much too busy, it's all you see when you look at the canvas. Not the beautiful cat or the tulips or the floor. So, now to make it work. I could rip the entire thing out and shade it mathematically with several strands of silk. Working with 4 strands of one color for a few rows and then moving to 3 strands of the same color plus one of the next and so on. But, I'm really lazy when it comes to ripping out stitching.

So, I need to consider another option. This is a chance for creativity, right? What if I overstitch the entire pot in a larger pattern stitch? In theory that color will blend it all together.

Well, let me say that was a theory only. I tried it. I used a single strand of Sparkle Braid in a large stitch and now it is just as busy and sparkly. The Sparkle Braid wasn't the answer as it is a little too thick for this and slightly rough, so it doesn't necessarily lay even all the time when it is being used over a field of Trebizond Tent Stitches. What was I thinking using Trebizond and hoping it would shade?

Okay, more creativity. This is actually fun. It's empowering to just go with it. I'm off to try something else. I'll show you the results soon.
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