Saturday, 10 October 2020

Queen of Flowers - Finished

From the first time I saw an example of Fuzzy Effect it intrigued me and I was eager to stitch this phase. The technique did not intimidate me in the way some others have but I think it is deceptively difficult. The skill is not so much in executing the stitch as in selecting and blending the threads to give a harmonious effect.

On some of the leaves, I thought I might have been too subtle in my choices.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

While on others, I wondered if the colour changes were too sudden and whether I could have blended the colours more.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I enjoyed experimenting with different aspects of this technique on the flowers. Working the bud in a single colour and using only the thickness of the thread to suggest the shape.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The smaller bloom on the left is stitched in every valley whereas the rest of the design is stitched in every other valley.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

The larger bloom relies more on colour than thread thickness to create the shadows.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

It is always important to step away from your work and view it at a ‘normal’ distance. With this piece it was vital. Those leaves, that I had thought might be too contrasty look completely different when viewing the whole picture.

I took especial care to ensure that I was working in the same valley as I moved from one element to the next. This may not be evident at a distance but it pleases me to know that I have that continuity throughout.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway

I really enjoyed working on this piece and I am pleased with the finished piece. I am even more pleased that I have now completed all nine phase pieces and can progress to my graduation phase.

Happy stitching


Rachel said...

Absolutely, the "standing back" is essential. Natural materials have variations in the degree of contrast, so it is just right that your piece should do so too, and the care with which you've kept to the same valley across the piece is just what it needed to be crisp and clear.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and I appreciate your sharing your thoughts about the work as it progresses.

D1-D2 said...

Congratulations on your finish! It looks amazing.