I took some time this weekend to catch up on my house things and take a step back from most of my work related things as well. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I was feeling like I was getting behind in everything else. I think it is good for me to do this from time to time, as it seems that after I take a step back I am more eager than ever to get back to designing and doing the things that I love so much. For me, it is difficult to walk away from it though, because it doesn't ever really seem like it is a burden.
Our site update kept us very busy over the weekend filling orders and answering questions. (Like I said – I never really get totally away from things). I also spent some time planning some new things which are going to be very exciting. I am not ready yet to share the details yet though, but I think it will be something that will be very good for my designing. You will just have to stick around and see how things unfold in the next few months. (I know – I am a tease!)
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the penny sale for the feral cats in our area. I usually like to donate my sample projects to the organization to sell or auction off, and every November they have their biggest fund raiser of the year – a penny sale – which helps them get through the long cold winter and care for the cats. Not only is it fun to attend, but it is for a cause I hold very close to my heart. I didn't win a thing, but I had a great time and they set a record as to how much money they raised for the organization. I was very happy for them.
When I got home, I spent a couple of hours cutting out orders that came in over the weekend. I was just going to set them up for today, but I did feel like cutting and it felt great to get them done. I even cut some extra kits, as I was loving the music I was listening to on my headphones and I was having fun. It is so nice when work is something that I enjoy so much!
I finished after seven and I decided to spend the evening working on my "A Perfect World" embroidery piece. I have felt bad because I haven't had much of a chance to work on it the past several weeks. I had been working until late in the evening and just haven't had time to concentrate on it. I had told myself when I started that I would give myself a year to complete it and with only three panels to go, I think I will be on track for that. This was panel 14 that I just finished up. I had only given myself a night here and there to do it lately. Add to the fact that it was my most complex panel to date and you will understand why it took so long. But the results are really nice and I am very pleased with it.
Here is a photo of the entire panel completed:
It may just be my favorite panel to date! The bulrushes are made with silk ribbon stems and fluffed silk thread:
Then there are the beautiful pink Dierama flowers, with the delicate stems embroidered with a single strand of silk thread. The light green silk grass was also fun to add, as it sits loose on the panel and adds so much dimension:
And then the little fish! He is embroidered on the panel, and then a thin layer of sheer organza is placed over him to give the effect of sparkly "water". It is a beautiful illusion and really looks amazing in person!
And then the darling frog! I chose to needle paint him by filling him in completely with pure silk thread. He has a glass bead eye and sits on a little lily pad which is a separate piece from the background. I added a little padding in him as well to plump him up.
And the center focal point of this panel is the beautiful dimensional water lily. The back petals are done first of silk ribbon. Then I needed to make a slit in the piece to tuck in the stemens and secure them. (I CRINGED when I made that cut into the piece! But it came out fine!) Finally a layer of front petals was added – again of silk ribbon edged in silk thread stitches. I am very pleased with how it came out.
Together with the frog, it would make a lovely picture in itself!
Here is a final photo of this panel. See how dimensional it is?
I am so excited to be this close to the finish. What an amazing learning experience this is for me! And I do feel that many of the things that I learn from this process I can apply to my other designing aspects – even painting and woodworking!
Today I need to get my orders out and then I will be putting on my "painting hat" and working on a new design for my painting followers. I am so pleased that I had suc a nice weekend and I feel refreshed and excited about all the things to come.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend as well. We are supposed to get some cold weather (near zero) by the end of the week. Winter is indeed coming. I don't mind though – I will have plenty to do here at home to keep me busy and happy.
Have a wonderful Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"