This was last week, rough and scruffy paint to give me some idea of where and what when I roll it up to sew, ( also handy when upside down and stitching!) It is very sparse and undeveloped with the two blobs waiting for attention on the right- they will become thorn trees.
I worked on this on and off during the week and then took it as my work in progress/demo piece for the open day at Viking Loom yesterday. It has progressed in many ways. This is it now – the blobs are very sprout- like, day old boiled sprouts. I do love this colour but at this time of the year the associations are somewhat unfortunate….
The bottom left is just about done – some areas will be plucked to break up the colour and surface, and a top dressing required on the conifer belt and the major bushes, but they will happen later as part of the ‘balancing’ stage. It is a case of where has all the brown and orange silk gone? Waste putting it in? Never – it peeps through in places and lends an intensity to the colours above. and most of all it makes the thin spots in the stitch work as a positive rather than look like holes! Really pleased with the mad green varigated section of tufty chenille wool and the scrunched and shredded bleached sari lengths at the bottom.
Pics below show some of the evolution – working in layers front to back, the type and density of stitch and the fabrics used.
I don’t like working one section up like this but I kept losing sight of the whole and started to get worried by the scale of the thing. It really does show how dense to work is – the plain calico looks blank and bland, the paint looks flat, the sprouts and tree line look like a bit of nonsense. The other problem is the distortion caused by the stitching. This badly needs stretching before I do more. I had meant to leave the distortions as part of the nature of the beast but the piece is already very out of true.-
Next tasks – fore and middle ground to the right- sort out hillsides, get some flatter stitching in , maybe partially happen to a sprout or two as well.
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