Thursday, March 20, 2014

Whispers Blocks Arrived

What fun at last my Whispers RR blocks have arrived home and now I can share with all of you the fun we have had. This RR has taken quiet some time bit I think the wait was worth it.
First block was my own and I sent it off to Lilli 
I had a great time making it and thought it would be a challenge. This really is one of my favourite pictures and all will be revealed at the end.
I am impressed with Lillie's interpretation it is very close to my original.
What happened next was Lillie wrapped my original block and sent it off to Cobi. All Cobi could see was Lillie's interpretation of my block not the original. 
In a lovely letter Cobi admitted she had no idea who the artist was and it took her some time to see the bird. Her beautiful block was made with a similar bird but using her favourite colours and some lovely stitching.
This is just a great block. So now Cobi wrapped Lillie's block up the same as mine and sent the lot off to Debbie.
Debbie's bird is much more traditional but when you know it is the first time she has ever done a bird and had some family dramas as well I think you will agree with me this is an exceptional block.
I just love the sweet fat little bird and I can almost hear him singing.  Ok so now Cobi's block goes undercover and all fly off to Theresa.
Theresa's block I think reflects the weather you have been having over there. The bright and cheery Cardinal is the bright spot on the blocks but the wonderful stitching and beading certainly make this a winter wonderland.

This was such fun to see how things can change with just 5 people imagine what would happen with 10.
I suppose now is the time for the great reveal of what the original inspiration was so here goes

The original was a painting by Paul Klee done in  1914. I think it is called the Golden Fish. I have always loved his work and chose this particular painting because of the solid patches of colour that I thought would make a fun embroidery block.
I still intend to make a wall hanging of the progress through the different works.This was a very interesting exercise 
Thank you so much Lillie, Cobi, Debbie and Theresa I hope you enjoyed this game as much as I did and I am looking forward to seeing your set of blocks in the near future

Sunday, March 2, 2014

More About Hexies

More About Hexies

I am sure I have "Borrowers" in my house. How can you possible lose an embroidery mounted on a frame in the only room of the house you sew in. Well that is what has happened to the Garden hexie it has disappeared. I have looked high an low for it but it has gone. 
I decided I would work on the other 2 hexies for February before I finished the Garden.
I already showed the Silk Ribbon work sohere is the bullion stitch one

I am not to disappointed in how it turned out. I used colonial knots in the centre of the bullion flowers and the tiny pearls are from my stash.
I am sure at some stage I will either find my Garden or start another they reckon 3 times is the charm. 

Meanwhile I have finished the first of the March lessons. This one is magic I have never used this method before and it is hard to believe the Rose is done in only one colour thread. The secret is the number of plys used and whether you use half or full cross stitches.

I just love this I think it turned out great. I chose to do a yellow rose as that is my favourite colour and I am so glad I did.