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How did we get here?

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~
cathy

Comments

Laura said…
Love the look of this. I love the color and feel of the water.
Such gorgeous colours in the silk and wool fibres here. It is going to look beautiful.
Looks like you are starting to enjoy this Cathy!
I understand the end of summer panic..I love your beautiful felted composition...the colors are so inviting...have you ever added a sparkle of metallic threads to your felted works? I was just wondering... how they would reflect the light and reflect into the colors. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
I have used metallic threads and love them! In this piece I've used copper metallic thread to anchor the copper mesh ribbon and I plan to add more throughout.
Thanks for your lovely comments.
Jan said…
Hi, my first visit to your blog and I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed it. Love your Keeper of the Trees. Did you get the title from the Cat Stevens song of the same name?
Hi Jan, Thanks for stopping by.No I didn't think about Cat Stevens song, at least not consciously! Maybe it was stuck deep in my head, but the little guy just looked like he might be left in charge of the forest.

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