October 16, 2016
I finished the felting and the stitching on the center panel..I clean-finished the edges by adding a backing. I could have called it done at the point, but I decided to add beadwork to the panel. I like the way beads add texture and detail, and I enjoy the meditative quality of sewing on the beads one at a time. It's slow work, but that's ok. I've begun by stitching tiny glass seed beads to each rose.
I like my for my work to grab your attention from a distance, then reward you for coming in to take a closer look.
I also made good progress on designing and piecing the background quilt that the panel will eventually be mounted onto, using the patchwork strips I put together earlier.
And I am approaching the end of the design work, I'm soon ready to layer it and begin quilting. I'm having a lot of fun with this one.
You can track this work back by clicking on Late Summer Roses in the right sidebar, or go here.
October 9, 2016
I've also pieced the strips of silk and cotton into long strip sets, that will be sliced up and pieced further for the background quilt.
There's a lot of work that goes into the preparatory part of quilt assembly. Soon it will all be all fun and games as I put these elements together. Stay tuned!
October 5, 2016
And If I Woke at Dawn:
|If I Woke at Dawn|
Towards that end, I've pulled fabrics in two colorways and cut strips as a first step towards strip piecing. The strips will then be cut and reassembled.
Work continues on the center panel. I've added in the background for the rosebushes:
And thread painted them. Now all it needs is the roses. I've carefully built up the background and am excited to finally add them.
October 2, 2016
I was pleased with it, but there were some obvious corrections to be made, so I made them.
I then began building on the foundation, detailing the mulch beds and the brickwork, with needlefelting and with stitching. I also added the clouds in the sky.
Next, I added the first layer of foliage to the trees.
Stay tuned! Lots more to come, including the rosebushes.
October 1, 2016
A few weeks ago I was one of the plein air artists working at the PA Governor's Residence, as detailed in my previous blog post here. The weather was on the warm side but otherwise lovely, and I set up my workstation in the shade of the arches near the rose garden.
I was particularly intrigued by the contrast between the hard geometric shapes of the brick pathways, and the roses enjoying one last full flush of bloom.
Here's a panorama view showing more of the roses, and the side entrance to the Residence. On the left is the large magnolia tree that was the focus of my plein air work there last year, resulting in the eponymous Magnolia art quilt:
|Magnolia, by Sue Reno|
This time around I knew where to set my expectations. A lot of the pleasure of working in this kind of setting is talking to and interacting with the public, so my focus was on that and on getting the basics of the scene blocked out.
I talked a lot about fiber art, and needlefelting, and had my needlefelting flip book there to show how my typical work-in-progress proceeds. I gave out samples of roving to children, and let interested visitors take a stab at using the needlefelting tool.
By the end of the afternoon I had blocked out the path and the large trees, and had a firm vision in my head of where I wanted to take this piece when I got back into the studio. It was a good day.