Saturday, 29 March 2008

February TIF - Finished

Please don't tell anyone how much fun I had stitching the final part of this design. If 'they' get to know, I'm sure they will make it illegal.

I wanted an entirely different texture on this part. Again I wanted to show movement but this time a rolling movement. I didn't want any straight lines so the little button hole and chain stitch that I used was free form, following the curved outline. Mostly I have used buttonhole wheels and whipped or woven spider's wheels with French knots and bullion knots to fill some of the spaces.

So I just started randomly placing wheels.


And added more.


And continued adding wheels and knots until I filled the entire shape.



On October 30, 1961 the USSR tested the Tzar Bomb on the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago. It was not the first H-bomb test nor the last, but it was the biggest most powerful nuclear device ever detonated.

As I was only one month old, I obviously don't remember it but the spectre of nuclear war hung over my childhood like the enormous mushroom clouds that resulted from the tests.

I find it rather poignant that such a potent and strangely beautiful image is the result of something so disgustingly evil.

11 comments:

Doris said...

powerfull image..

Vicki W said...

I agree with Doris. It's a very powerful image. It's also beautiful! Well done!

Melissa said...

Wow that is pretty texture!

paulahewitt said...

this is great - I agree with the others.

Mary Corbet said...

NICE! Love the colors and the combinations of stitches!!

Tanguera said...

You turned a mushroom cloud into a thing of beauty. Nicely done. Beautiful stitching.

EMBELLISHER said...

I love the mass of flowers, the stitching is great.Thanks for the detailed photographs.

MargB said...

Incredible!

Monica said...

Beautiful! The texture you've created is gorgeous!

sandra wyman said...

Love the colours and textures - and then the double-take when you realise what it is!

Gunnels blog said...

Beautiful stitching! Such a texture! thsi si one of my favourite stitch