Saturday, December 29, 2018

Art Elements WhiteTheme Reveal

It's that time again...Art Elements theme reveal. December's theme challenge was hosted by team member Claire and she chose white. I am a huge fan of a monochromatic palette and have done numerous pieces in shades of white/ecru/beige so I was really excited about this theme.

Per usual, I wrote down about 5 ideas that I thought I would create. Yet again, I did not get a chance to create them all.

First piece was created on natural colored linen and I chose an array of white, ecru, winter white, beige & tan threads to use. I was gifted some lovely natural cheesecloth by my Art Elements' Secret Santa so I just had to incorporate that. I also found the ceramic cabochon in my Secret Santa package. The colors are perfect and it appears to be a goddess. 

Full view of 'Climbing the Tree of Enlightenment'
When I started this I had no idea where I was going with it. I just took the cheesecloth, ripped it, stretched it and started stitching circular motifs. Then I ruched the cheesecloth around the goddess cabochon (with a tad of glue on the back) placed some more stitching around it and said, "what now?" I had no idea what I was making.  Just stitching intuitively and randomly. Then I got the idea to create a tree with the goddess sort of sitting on a limb. This whole thing would've probably worked much better if I had planned in advance. I just tend to fly by the seat of my pants without a lot of forethought. Anyway, the tree started to grow and it is very chaotic and busy on one side with the tranquil tree on the other side. I decided to name it 'Climbing the Tree of Enlightenment'.
Close-up of tree, cheesecloth and the background linen which is a linen/poly blend.
Close-up of cabochon and a better view of the cheesecloth
I love the colors and shades of white & tan that are in this piece. Very calming.

Next up is a small little wintry scene done in some of the same color threads. I really wanted to create a wet felted piece in winter whites/beige and pale gray that I could stitch on, but ran out of time. My Secret Santa gifted me with some gorgeous undyed merino, silk tussah, silk hankies and silk ribbons.
I know that I will have to create a wet/dry felted piece with those beauties! So stay tuned for that.

The linen I used for this piece is a higher quality 100% nautral linen.
Since this is a small oval hoop  I decided to keep the stitching very simple and the design very simple.
Full view of wintry scene  




I had fun with this as always and I know for sure this color palette is one that I will continue to return to.
I am looking forward to seeing eveyone's white creations. Please have a look for yourself.
Here's the list of guests and AE members.
enjoy~

35 comments:

  1. So much to see in the first piece! Stunning work.

    I love the calm feeling of the second scene. I don't like snow as in being in the snow, but I can imagine sitting in an armchair with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa and a book and looking out at such a scene through a large window. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Cat! I love sitting inside and watching it snow but not a huge fan of being outside and freezing.

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  2. I was really keen to see these finished pieces as I saw tasters on Instagram, they are beautiful, love them both

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    1. Thank you so much Jill! I really enjoyed stitching them.

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  3. The pieces do complete justice to the sneak peeks, Cathy! Fantastic stitching as always, and I love that the first piece was mostly random and inspired. :)

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    1. Thank you Anita! I love when I start a project without any plans and it comes together. Maybe not having expectations makes me like it more;-)

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  4. Like always your embroideries have amazing details in them. It looks gorgeous

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    1. Thank yo so much Divya! I enjoy creating textures and depth with threads.

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  5. I'm always excited to see what you make! Fanastic as usual - flying by the seat of your pants works very well!

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  6. Incredible work Cathy, I love the first piece, I think working organically gave it the perfect finish. The second design is gorgeous, I really like the subtle tones, it's really striking.

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    1. Thank you Caroline! I love using these pale tones and creating interest and depth.

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  7. Both pieces are so wonderful. I especially love the first one. The organic-ness of it just draws me in. The two of these totally illustrate the many colors of white. And, the deeper colors give them such a warm and cozy feel!

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    1. Thank you so much! I do love these subtle pale tones. Even without dramatic color I try to create some texture and depth.

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  8. I love how you incorporated the cabochon into the first piece - the piece is lovely! Your second piece is simple by so intricate at the same time! Gorgeous work!

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  9. Thank yo so much! As usual I had a lot of fun with this month's theme.

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  10. Both embroidered pieces are Gorgeous & Stunning! #1: I love the name you gave, and the Goddess figure just fits naturally in. I believe that freeform art and flying by the seat of ones pants is usually productive and interesting. I try to force myself into this mindset. #2: Such a nice, simple scene that made me nostalgic for some reason! I love the chain? stitch as the snow and drifts.

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    1. Thank you Alysen! Yes, flying by the seat of your pants is my usual method but I would like to try designing a piece in advance! And yes, that is chain stitch I used for the snowy drifts.

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  11. Cathy - I can never get enough of your embroidered pieces and you've inspired me to do new things with my own work. I got a couple of your book recommendations for Christmas and can't wait to get stuck into them!

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    1. Thank you Lesley! Glad that I have inspired you to try new things. Your work is always stunning!

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  12. Your embroidery pieces are beautiful. I love all of the shades of white in them. They look very elegant and are calming. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! This color palette does tend to produce a calming effect on me.

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  13. Your stitch work is gorgeous. Both pieces are lovely and the tree is truly ethereal.

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  14. I love what you created for this theme! I could get lost in those stitches - wandering around those textures for days... :)

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    1. Oh thank you Marsha!1 I love that natural cheesecloth. That was the impetus behind this piece:-)

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  15. Your improvised stitching is fabulous, I believe you were led by some inner spirit! Both works are an impressive interpretation of the theme!

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    1. Thank yo so much!! I would like to think there was something guiding me along in this piece:-)

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  16. What cool stitched pieces you made! I'm always in awe of folks do with fibers and stitching!

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Wishing you peace, love & chocolate!

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