Friday, September 24, 2010
Time to Finish UFOs - The Day Lily
I'm back from Hiking the Highlands of Cape Breton. We had a lovely time as always and I'll share some photos once I have time to download and edit.
But now it's time to start finishing up some unfinished work in preparation for upcoming shows etc. This one is called ' The Day Lily' and started with a photo of a beautiful vermilion coloured day lily in my garden. I worked extensively on it last winter. I used some hand-dyed fabric that I had dyed in class last fall and added some ready made batiks. After many many hours of hand stitching I was done but I couldn't decide on a frame so I set it aside. I tried black, white, various shades of colour......but was not happy with the result. I didn't want it bursting out of the background but had pictured it more photo-like - a bright center framed behind a light or dark coloured matt but I didn't want to use a regular matt and frame. With input from other artistic folks, I decided on a creamy matt-like inner fabric frame and a narrow contrasting outer frame. I chose a dark green for the outer frame that was present in the background. I also found the perfect fabric for the backing that was covered with orange-red lilies. Here is the finished piece. It's not very big, maybe around 12" x 12".
And here is the back. I just need to add a sleeve. It was very labour intensive but I am glad that I persevered.