Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Mountain Tree - Final

Living on the Edge

In the end I heavily cropped this piece.
This brings the trees forward
20x40 in.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Mountain Pine - Day 8

I had a really good session this morning and afternoon, so I can see some real progress now.

On the downside, I 'broke' my JUKI and had to set up my Husqvarna for the free motion work necessary to produce the branches. 😒
There is a LARGE wait time in my area for repairs as there are only a few places that do the work.
It will have to wait.
I can finish the piece on the Husqvarna.  😌

Friday, 18 January 2019

Mountain Tree - Day 7

Found the time to get back to this one.

A few dilemmas here. I ran out of the the very white batting I used for the large snow drifts and can't remember where I sourced it. I auditioned a few items included velvet and cotton balls and in the end went with the whitest batting I had. Most of the snow lodged in the trees will be hidden but.... I find things like that very annoying. The worst part was I lost a couple of days.

Noe that I'm working the remaining two major trees things have slowed down even more. Almost every branch is done as an individual and they are placed in a trial and error manner. While this method is very effective and is slow.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Naomi's Boat is Launched

A good friend came over this morning and helped me assemble our composite piece.

I had a lot of fun with this and I think in retrospect my 7 friends will realize they did too, especially now they can see the results of their efforts.

I do have to times it felt like herding Cats.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Introducing the Otter Brothers - Version 2

This took about two hours to change over. The slowest part was unpicking the snow edges so the bottom of the bodies could be tucked in.
After tacking the heads with mono filament and stitching the muzzles for improved security, the whiskers were retraced and.......

This is a much stronger presentation and anchors the piece much better.

Momma's happy, everybody's happy.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Mountain Pine - Day 5?

Well into this New Year I can turn my attention fo a while to our sentinel Pine on the cliff edge.

While the pieces seem to be large as I work them in the 6 inch and 8 inch  hoops, they disappear into the scene with surprising regularity. But none of the branches are particularly robust. They are survivors, stunted and gnarled.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Re working the Otter Brothers

A year has past since I made the original wall hanging and I decided that I would change the cloth otters to needle felted wool.

The cloth left the boys looking rather flat and their coat colours were not as rich as their counter parts in nature.

I wasn't sure of the dimensions of the finished otters. I wanted to pre make the cartoons and then replace the cloth ones with the wool on the same day as I visited with my children. After pictures were taken and sent and then massaged through Photoshop, I had a real life sized pattern to work from.

Once I got started, (after washing and drying some black raw wool) it only took about 6 hours to assemble all 3.

They do seem to have much more personality

So hopefully this weekend I can re work this gift.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Mountain Pine - Catching up

Christmas isn't quite over for our household yet. We have one more round of family this coming weekend.
I'm fortunate in one way that it has been so spread out this year as I spent the week after Christmas in bed with whatever illness caught up with me.
Now that I'm back on my feet, (sort of), I finished the background rocks of the Pine and today placed the first of the trees.

But I have to put it all aside again as I need to finish a present for the weekend and next week is when all 8 pieces of the CQA piece will be brought together.
So I may bounce around for the next few posts.

Here's where I ended this afternoon with our mountain scene.
The first of the trees was made of about twenty separate pieces. That's how this fellow is going to go. More work and much more waste as each branch is truly custom.