Had a busy couple of days – was even out sketching at 6.30 this morning. The light was fabulous, could see all the way from York to the hills beyond Harrogate – 25 miles? If they want the giant golf balls to be secret perhaps they shouldn’t be so bright a white that they glow! Didn’t draw them, back to trees and field boundaries
Then back to work on the current beastie. This is a different approach, I thought the dancing tree trunks came out quite flat – that density of stitching at this scale gives a lovely slick surface but I wanted roughness! The photo sequence shows this one’s birth – apologies for the photography.
I found some plasticy membrane in my ancient stash – thought it must be either water-soluble, or heat reactive stuff – in my vintage vocabulary it is still called vanishing muslin.
I hoped that by stitching onto this and then vanishing the membrane, it would leave me with a raised structure. I don’t really like using this stuff, the feel of it is clammy and it tears if I do a tight zigzag, but if it works then it may just have to be gritted teeth and bear it. In the photo most of the plastic has been pulled off but some shiny bits still remain.
The photo below shows the background blocked in with paints and stain . The colour scheme is the usual, drab and , muted ( clay, and steel), using dilute whites on the horizon and duck egg blue in the sky.
Spent most of the afternoon working on the canopies – these are layered sheers with the usual rip and fray. The tree trunks were added halfway through so some branches are on top and others obscured. Still some work to do but the trees do have that wriggly quality I was after. The road way is now defined by stitching and some couched yarn. Looking okay so far.
Problems to address – yarn is too pale – it is muted shades but the contrast to the background is too strong – a bit of coffee stain might dampen that down. Also not sure about the verge on the right. Just how strong does it need to be? In the second there is a line of grey yarn pinned in, not quite sure about it – may need something stronger still. At present it is pinned to the workshop wall while I ponder.
Any views or opinions to help me?