What a whirl wind day yesterday was! I honestly didn’t stop moving until about 9:30pm, after beginning my day at about 6. With many thanks for Steve Good who posted about his contest for two people to win a copy of Keith’s and my new booklet – Getting Started With a Scroll Saw. It was a crazy, crazy day!
I had intended to finish the last drawing of my new pattern series entitled “Early Inspirations” that is going to be geared for newer sawyers. In the first group, there are going to be eight pattern packets with two complimentary designs included in each. The designs are going to be somewhat easier than our usual patterns, yet hopefully people will feel that they are just as attractive and they will be able to be accomplished by a newer scroll sawyer.
I had finished up 15 of the 16 drawings with one to go. I had intended to get it done yesterday, but I (happily!) spent the day filling orders and answering emails. It was our busiest day on record for our little (yet growing!) business and I didn’t stop for a second! I can’t tell you how exciting it was for us to see how well-received our new booklet is. We truly hope that it helps answer lots of questions that not only newer scroll sawyers have, but also those who have had more experience. I always feel that having several perspectives is the best way to learn and in our booklet we tried to give our readers different options on how to do things so that they can find what is comfortable to them.
Thank you all for your wonderful responses! It really shows us that we are on the right track with things and motivates us to do even better things! :)
It was after 9 when things quieted down, and even though I was tired, I thought I would unwind a bit by finishing my next embroidery panel on my “A Perfect World” project. I am done with panel six now, and moving right along. I learn more with each newly finished element and although I am taking my time and going very slowly, I am thoroughly enjoying the entire process. I try to get an hour or so each night after I am done with “work” to embroider, and I find that it is very satisfying and fun.
Anyway, here is the entire panel completed (it is very overcast outside this morning – thus the ‘blue’ cast on the photos. If I tried to remove the blue, I wound up washing the color out of the blue threads, so please excuse this. when I am completely done, I will post pictures of the entire project with true lighting and the colors will be much better.):
The first flower on this panel was the Restio. It was created using creme colored silk ribbon and gold metallic glass seed beads:
Then came the Felicia. I loved the purple/pink hand-dyed silk ribbon that I used for these pretty delicate flowers!
Then came the very labor intensive Strelitzia. This flower consisted of nine separate parts of leaves and stems that I embroidered separately and then cut out and applied to the main project. They were all hand embroidered using pretty silk threads by Chameleon. They are done using a single, thin strand. While this took a great many evenings to finish, it was very relaxing and therapeutic. The method of doing the petals and stem separately really made this piece come alive! I wish you could see the beautiful dimension, as you only partially attach some of the petals so that they can curl up and be free from the background.
And finally – the little blue butterfly:
Again, his wings are done as stumpwork, being worked separately, cut out and then applied to the main piece. The front of the wings are embroidered around a tiny wire, so that they can be shaped at will. Only the lower half of the wings are stitched to the base piece. The body is made of many tiny little French knots. All silk threads are used.
I hope you enjoy this series that I am sharing with you. I think it is nice to do different types of art, and I do think that it all relates. One can ask how embroidery relates to say – woodworking, but I do believe it does, as it reinforces line and shape and depth and perspective and all the basic artistic elements that are needed when designing.
That’s my story and I sticking to it! ;)
It’s mid-week already. Fortunately, we are getting our first taste of truly “spring-like” weather here in Nova Scotia. I find myself longing for the beach.
Soon . . . Soon . . .
I wish you all a “perfect” day!
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