Done. DONE! Sprouting is over. Well the ‘fun’ bits are. There is only more pressing, quilting , backing, binding and hanging to do. Seeing as I was teaching and working in a shop that sells quilting supplies, it was amazing how completely I forgot to get some wadding to quilt it with. This level of idiocy takes some serious talent, and lots of practice.
I have stretched it but as it hung afterwards the distortion caused by the stitching has come back. May be some more stabiliser? but I would rather it hung easily,without tensions. No, acknowledge the fault and use, do not try to hide. Perfection would be a bore, and if I don’t have something to angst over then I might feel the need to do some housework.
Things I would change – the height of the back hill – don’t think I have tied the left treeline to the rest of the image effectively enough and the curve makes it look like an eyebrow. I wouldn’t mind a touch more of something in the deadzone that is the middle ground. More tone in the green? At least the old boiled sprout colour has become less dominant. I do like it as a colour but not in wholesale quantities. At the very least this piece has gobbled up a vast amount of thread – well over a kilometre I guess. I now need to go on a major foraging mission – I think I am going to shift more towards Madeira threads- their base is just half an hour away and round the corner is the source of sublime bacon sandwiches! Always a silver lining. Its next public appearance should be in April for the York Open Studios – the invitation is there- come and see the Sprout (properly named by then!) in its native habitat – I am nmber 96.