A few weeks ago I designed another Prairie Sky piece. I started with a painted satin sky, added rolling hills and fields, and finished with a base strip much like the original prairie sky which is my blog header. But this one is only 10 x 12 inches mounted on an 11 x 14 stretched canvas, and after I stitched the piece together, I hand stitched each individual fabric with french knots, twisted chains (for furrowed fields), and other tiny stitches. The base strip was machine stitched with grasses, then hand stitching was added (ouch! my fingers hurt). I zigzagged the edges then extended the width of the piece by painting onto a stretched canvas background so the piece looks kind of 3D. I added some pearl paint to the canvas sky to resemble the satin sky of the piece. I really love it!!! In fact I think it is one of my best pieces. It took weeks of work but came together like magic.
Sad news - the person whose photos inspired my pieces 'Kitchen Party' and 'Autumn in Stoney Swamp' - passed away on Thursday. He was a lovely man and a talented photographer. He will be missed.
|Autumn in Stoney Swamp|