Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hope in progress- some pics

Hi everyone,

With the beer festival over, Erlangen is back to its quiet self.We saw a different side of the normally formal Deutsch during these 12 days of celebration.I visited the fest once, but was not very keen to go again.

During the past couple of weeks, while working on "Hope" , I spent more time unpicking than stitching.My daughter would often find me standing motionless in front of the embroidery staring at it. When this repeated for some days ,she said- "Ma, if that was given to me I wouldn't have bothered about color combinations and would've just used whatever I felt like. But it would still be beautiful for me because I used the colors I wanted to. You adults ( her exact words) think too much.Just pick a color and stitch."
She contributed  her own interpretation of "Hope" on paper..

Sometimes, I just look at her sketch for inspiration. In fact some of the twirls are her idea. 

Well, the gyan (wisdom) she imparted me was good, but can old habits be killed so quickly? Anyway, I continue my statue posture, but not when she's around [big grin].

Most of the flowers added to hope are single stitch flowers - those that do not need any specific pattern. After straight stitch and lazy daisy, I wanted to add my stem stitch roses - a favorite of mine. And I did.

They looked pretty enough, but out of place..

And I unpicked them. But I'll add them for sure, may be in a different color.

I then proceeded to add these..

Hanging flowers with simple french knots and two strands of two different colors.

While I was stitching them up,DH send me a pic he had clicked just a few blocks away. Here it is..

 Aren't they pretty!!

Just before writing this, I finished adding another set of flowers with blanket stitch. I am not sure why, but I wanted blue flowers. I tried the dark blue, but again it stood out .Then I mixed it up with a lighter shade.It looks better ,but is not the best when seen overall.

Let me now add the roses and come back to you..

And oh yes, I crocheted too..
Baby booties as a gift

And something for myself..
Scarves and beanies are always needed..
Till next time,

Love,luck and sunshine,

Monday, May 09, 2016

Embroidery in progress - "Hope"

Hi everyone,

How have you all been? Here in Erlangen, all are waiting for the Erlangen Bergkirchweih Carnival to start. This is a 12 day folk carnival in which everyone drinks buckets of beer. Not sure what's the big deal about it though. Everyone here seems to drink buckets of beer otherwise also.

My latest embroidery is progressing well. Last week I added a few more small flower bunches to my "hope".
When I started with the negative space embroidery, my idea was to fill the entire space outside the letters with several flowers. But now as I add on components to it, I am forced to rethink. Should I crowd the space with flowers or should I go for selective flowers and more greens?  I want a balance of colors, flamboyant but elegant.....

Here's what I've done till now,

 I added a bunch of eyelet stitch inspired flowers to all the letters. Well, not exactly eyelet stitch,but straight stitch flowers converging at the center, with a dash of french knots.

Some bullion flowers in two shades , not variegated threads, but one strand of one color each with feather stitch leaves

So this is how it looks right now.  How would you continue from this stage? A few more bunches and a lot of greens?
What about the center of the letters ? That's another section that needs to be filled up if it has to be negative. Thoughts,thoughts...

Love,luck and sunshine (lots here..I see dramatic transformation in clothes!!!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Negative space embroidery

Hi everyone,

How have you all been doing? It's spring here in Germany or at least that's what people say - but snow in spring???  aarghh!!!

I came across the term "negative spaces" quite a few times in the past few weeks.When asked about the happenings in her art class, the little lady told me that they are doing shading in negative spaces. At around the same time, over at Suztats I saw some wonderful watercolors with the same concept. And for the third time when I saw a picture shared in FB, that was it!! I decided to go negative :)

And thus the new project has started...  Here are some pics. The picture quality is poor due to the weather, sorry.

Since I've not embroidered letters as much as  I would like to, I started with searching for quotes and finally ended with "Hope". Don't ask me why.
My daughter asked the same question - why hope, amma ? Why not Luck,Love or Smile?.....sigh!!!! questions!!!
In negative space embroidery, the work is on the outside and the inner space remains blank.So to distinguish between the outside and the inside, I outlined the letters with a pale green in back stitch.
All my previous works have been mostly on cotton. Here I am using a piece of linen gifted by Meri. If you want to know more about Portuguese embroidery,check out her blog here. Working in linen is a beautiful experience. By the end of this project I may shift my loyalties from cotton to linen :)

I've slowly started embroidering on the outside and this is how it looks now.
Not much, I know..but I'll get there :) Since there's no drawn design, each element needs to be thought out. Had this been a heavy outline with a bright color, I think I would've been happy with just a few more bunch of flowers strategically placed. But since I am going negative, a lot more filling up is needed.
Well, let me add some more and we'll see how it looks.

 Love, luck and sunshine ,