July is winding down and summer is breezing by at a rapid pace. Amazing how you think in May that you have an entire summer spread out before you with a million plans. Then all of a sudden it's mid July and you start to panic because you realize there isn't that much time left to do all the things you wanted.
The panic set in last week as my daughter & I realized that we only had 3 weeks left before she leaves for college. I also leave for a high school reunion 2 days before she leaves, which gives ME even less time.
We are scurrying around like squirrels gathering the last of the acorns before winter in an attempt to get all the "stuff" she needs for her apartment, school supplies and last but not least all the clothes she needs/wants!
So far, we're doing pretty good at gathering. Of course then it all needs to be packed...
Needless to say, time spent in my studio has been precious little! I haven't worked on my second tree piece since the last post. I am however working on another felted, embroidered, beaded piece for another mixed media type piece like my "Autumn Detritus" & "Tidal Pool". They were both done by hand and then mounted onto painted, collaged canvas, with more stitching, beading added. I like to have something to work on at night, so this is my current project whilst being a couch potato in the evenings!
I started with a piece of wool felt that I laid bits of painted silk chiffon; dyed silk strips; silk and wool fibers;and alpaca fibers down on, then needle felted. It started to take on an underwater look and feel. Possibly a coral garden?? At this stage the only hand sewing I had done was the copper mesh ribbon that I manipulated into a coral-like shape and stitched down. Since then I have begun to add, silk ribbon stitches and regular embroidery floss. I will take photos of the stage I'm at now before I begin to add beads.
As I look at the photo now, the blue water areas really show a lot of movement. I like that! Lots of swirling water. Very cool. Amazing how you see things so differently when you photograph it.
Gotta run...More gathering of back-to-school essentials to be bought!
Enjoy the rest of your summer as it is slipping away rapidly.
Live your life creatively~
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