Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Did You Miss Me?

The past several weeks have been a mix of running back and forth to the dentist and doctor for one thing or another. I have even been looking at several houses which hopefully one will become the new residence for DS. He has been living in apartments for way too long and is now ready to find a house of his own.

I have been looking through some of my books and magazines for ideas for new pieces. I’ve also been going through all of my embroidery designs and listing them getting organized so I can find them easier when I want one.

This is my latest piece. It has been finished for a while; I just hadn’t gotten around to taking a photo of it before now. It measures 5 x 7 inches. Once again I am stuck for a name. I am also pondering whether to do a series or not.



















I stitched two different commercial batik fabrics to a felt base. The cheesecloth is a piece that I painted. It is embellished with embroidery floss and glass beads in two sizes. This one and the piece from my last post were a learning experience and an exploration in how to finish off pieces like these.

I started with a piece of felt (for stabilization) larger than what the finished piece would be. When all embellishing was complete I then stitched a piece of fabric to the underneath. I used a matching thread and stitched in the ditch, so to speak, of the border. Next I cut a piece of mat board just a tad smaller than 5 x 7 inches for the mounting board and folded the fabric over to the back and laced in place. The excess felt was then carefully trimmed away. This probably will be mounted to a piece of foam core, but I suppose there are several ways of displaying these pieces. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

16 comments:

Fran├žoise said...

I love this piece. I would put it on a white or cream board, and choose a very simple frame.

sue b said...

Lovely colors in this. Makes me think of a meandering river. I agree with Francoise, a plain neutral background - maybe a light gray - and then maybe even put it inside a shadow box style frame.

Joanna van said...

I love the texture in this piece. The blues are really inviting. They have these great frame mounts at Pottery Barn you may consider using. I bought some and will use them when I come up with a piece as lovely as yours.

StegArt said...

Very pretty Micki. I agree with Sue about it reminding me of a river. It has a tranquil quality.

Sande said...

I can see the river, a face, an earthy forest or undersea floor...it could be a lot of things. But whatever it is, it is very nice!

Granny Fran said...

Both of your small pieces are beautiful and have such interesting textures. It makes me feel good to look at them; they are rich and satisfying.

emmyschoonbeek said...

I love the pieces and I love the way you tel us how you made it .
I did frame one of my pieces and I think this looks good so maby a simple wooden frame

Cat said...

Reminds me of the ocean washing seaweed ashore, then brushing back over it. This is a calming piece.

I almost always work with a felt base, I love the stability it provides to embroider thru.

MargaretR said...

You have been missed Micki.
I love that bluey green piece a lot and it is worth mounting. I would give it a fairly wide surround of some cream linen or similar. Can you cover your foam core and mont your piece onto it?

Deb Geyer said...

Very nice, Micki. I like how you finished the edges.

Ferret said...

I love the texture you have managed to get in this and your other work. It's very inspiring.

debraspincic said...

Very wonderful!

Dianne said...

This is so lovely. Beautiful colours and texture.

Scrapmaker said...

Interesting textures, very restful to look at. I vote for the cream mat or background. Jen

Fruit Jar Nicky said...

Beautiful!

Happy WIP Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

Names? I like giving things names. How about something riverlike,...'A River Runs Through It' (already been used),hmmm..., River to Somewhere? Blue River? River of life? Winding Ways? River in Time? River's Edge (I used that once), or just Mooody Blue? Drifting?
Need more?