Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"High Summer"...Stitching the Background

When you are using machine sewing thread to embroider with, progress is necessarily slow. But the scale is so small in this print that use it I must.

I've been working on the tree area at the back of the garden, and the even more distant plantings behind the grassy area to the left of the tree.

Click on the photo to see if you can...but this is pretty subtle, tiny stitching, except for that "huge" Kreinik metallic on the right part of the tree, where the light is hitting it. All this will play a supporting role to the larger, flashier flower embroidery up front, but that comes last.

Still, I had to try it on a little sample, just for fun.

One can only stitch with dark green machine sewing thread for so many hours without a break into color. There could have been more added here, but back to work I went.

This is just a small section of the piece (as you can see by referring to the first picture.)
It is all taking longer than I thought it would, but I just have to see how the whole image looks when enhanced this way....

15 comments :

Sue Reno said...

I've stitched over inkjet prints by machine; I'm very impressed you are doing it by hand! What a great way to add depth and emphasis, I look forward to seeing the end result.

Maureen said...

Lookin' good Allie. I think it's going to be so pretty!

Cathy K said...

What patience you have! Like you, I’d be wanting to dive into those foreground flowers. However, I do understand about working from background to foreground, LOL. And I totally understand how you describe this as “fun”. It’s like creating life! Beautiful work, Allie. :-) Hugs, Cathy

Judy S. said...

Very nice, Allie! I love that lamp post in the photo and the ownderful butterflies on your CQ quilt. It looks great!

Valerie L said...

This is going to look really good when you are done. Keep up the good work, even though it takes a lot of time.

Melissa said...

Oh that's so pretty! I love the idea of stitching on a photo of your garden! Can't wait to see how this progresses!

Rachel said...

I'm fascinated by this. It's not something it would have occurred to me to do, and it's a very intriguing process!

Plays with Needles said...

VERY worth it. Keep on keeping on!

Summerset said...

Nice - the 3D effect is subtle but certainly is present. Switching too a little color now and then certainly helps the eyes and brain!

FredaB said...

This is going to be another interesting one. Robert's flowers are beautiful. You should cut them and send him to the farmers market and sell them. Sue and I bought a large bunch of zinnias the last time we were there.

Green on green must be hard after awhile. Get up and go smell the roses once in awhile to refresh yourself.

Hugs

FredaB

Pam Kellogg said...

Allie, I have got to try this. The embroidery over the image looks so cool!!! I'll be watching your progress!

Denise Felton said...

Oh, Allie, this is going to be so gorgeous!

Debra said...

A very cool technique!

Patricia said...

looking forward to seeing this progress. What an amazing job you are doing,
Pat
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Barbara C said...

This is going to be a big project: smaller scale, but lots of stitches. The flowers are already looking pretty.