Finished! Silver-Blue Rose

I didn’t keep track of my time on this one,  but I know it was faster than the amaryllis.

Starting with a simple drawing :

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Then adding a range of colors:

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Plus some wash-a-way stabilizer:

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And a few minutes ago I finished up my silver-blue rose.
The stabilizer made it a little difficult to see how it would look in the end because it hid the black background.

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But once I washed it away,  dried it,  ironed it onto some peltex,  it now looks like this:

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Doesn’t that just POP? I am so excited!

What would I do different? I would wash away the stabilizer as soon as the outline was done. Since needle painting makes the stitches so dense,  it didn’t wash away from under the design and it made the rose feel a little tacky to the touch.   It’s going to hang in my house though once I get a frame for it, so I’m not worried about how it feels.  Just how it looks. :) And it makes me happy!

Update: I would not use this wash-a-way stuff again for needle painting, even though it says it’s great to use for it. The stuff that was under the stitching could not wash away properly, the rose became tacky, and then once it dried, the threads were ‘glued’ together. If I do use it again, I’ll use it just to get the outline done on dark backgrounds, then wash it away, dry it, then do the needling painting.   I’ll try to get the name of the stuff today. I don’t have a package of it, I was just given a sheet of it from Gwyn (Sew Crazy, LLC) to try out to see if I liked it or not.

Just a Quick Update

Last week on Friday we had our artist reception up at the gallery.  I took lots of pictures, with my regular camera,  intending to share them here.

Hm… i don’t have an SD card slot on my desktop or my new laptop. My old laptop won’t recognize the SD card as being connected. 

I have lost the cord to the camera that would let me connect it via USB.

/sigh.  So,  you’ll have to wait a bit for the pictures from the gallery until I figure this little dilemma out.

I do have an update though for the silver-blue-rose. 

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I’m a little further along now than that picture.  I can’t wait to see how it looks on the black background!

I’ve also been working on a couple more drawings for future needle paintings.

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Can you tell by now that I’m partial to roses? 

Silver-Blue Rose

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I finally figured out what color range to do with my most recent rose.  I’m going with a somewhat subtle range of silver,  blue,  and a bit of purple. 

I have black as the background so I’m using a sheet of some wash-a-way stuff that is supposed to wash completely away with cold water.  I only have one sheet of it and it was given to me so I’ll have to find out the name of it from Gwyn.

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This is the color range in the above photo. 

And here is my current progress:

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The color doesn’t show to its best because of the light gray appearance of the wash-a-way sheet.

So I put a piece of the background against the stitching.

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I think it’s going to really pop once it’s finished.

Ready, Set, Panic

That’s how my weekend was!  The craft group I’m a member of, Fiber Art Junkies  (recently changed from Eye For Fiber),  we are having an art show at the local gallery, Gallery 194, and we have all spent the last week and weekend frantically getting things ready for our deadline.

We had to drop off all our Fiber art by noon yesterday.  I was up until 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning!  But I was able to have 9 embroidery projects and a few wall hangings ready. 

Now I’m sitting here thinking. .. now what? 

Well,  I think I’m going to do another needle painting using my own drawing again.

This is a rose I have been fiddling with:

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I don’t know if I want to stick with one range of color,  like an all yellow shaded rose.

Or. .. i do love the looks of rainbow roses.  So i made a second copy of my rose and grabbed the colored pencils:

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What do you think?  Rainbow rose or pick a color and stick within that range?

I’m also working on a drawing of a tiger lily.  This is the rough draft of it so far:

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54+ Hours Later…

54.16666….. hours of stitching.  Yes,  I kept track this time! 

I started with a photo from a friend,  and came up with this drawing:

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54+ Hours later and I have put the last stitch into the amaryllis flower!  FINALLY!

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Now I just need to get it backed and bound by Saturday night,  along with a bunch of other projects haha. We drop our art off at the local gallery on Sunday for our Fiber Art Junkies gallery show,  which will last for the whole month of April.

I think I have my next needle painting project figured out as well.  I was doodling the other day and it led to this:

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I still need to adjust some lines,  which I’ll do once I transfer it to my sketch book. 

I may take a couple days off stitching though.  Fingers are tired! 

Dew-covered Spiderweb

On Facebook,  I’m a member of a local group that shares gorgeous photos of our county.  The person who started the page occasionally sets up themes, to help get more photos posted and share more.

Recently,  a few people shared photos of spider webs covered in dew, with the light shining through.

They looked covered in crystals!

Of course,  I had to try to duplicate it somehow. Out came the beads and fabric. (Note: I haven’t ironed off the marks yet that I made to outline the edges of the web. That’s one of the last steps I’ll do).

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The straight spokes of the Web are tacked down to keep them in place,  but the cross sections are only anchored at the spokes,  so that they will dangle freely.  As you turn the Web,  they move as well.

I plan to add a spider that will dangle as well,  and as you turn the Web,  he will swing along with it.

The Difference of an Hour

Some days,  an hour can mean a ton of progress.  And others,  hardly a dent. Tuesday,  I found a quilt block on pinterest and just fell in love with it.  The pin was for a link to Fussycutter.com to buy a pre-cut kit for the blocks.  Yesterday,  I was up at Sew Crazy and in an hour,  I cut and assembled a 16″ block that has the same overall look.  Not sure what size the pre-cut kit makes (edit to add: it appears the kit is no longer available on the site).  image I’m going to turn this into a wall hanging for my office.  I just absolutely love how it looks.  An hour today provided decent progress on the amaryllis. From: image To: image Hopefully tonight after work and the gym are done,  I can get some more progress done. I have a couple of small needle paintings that I want to knock out before the end of the month as well. Have you been surprised by what you got done in an hour before?  Or has an hour passed and you are shocked by how far you did not get?