Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I, like Gerrie, adore chartreuse and all it's limey, slimey buddies! It has long been my favourite neutral, too. SO this should have been easy...
Is anything ever easy in this Twelve by Twelve journey??
This was supposed to be moss. And bright, soft new shoots of grass. It isn't. Somewhere along the way it morphed into an algal bloom. Maybe it's a reaction to the loooong, WET tropical summer that we have had here in North Queensland.
The base cloth is very dark chocolate brown wool (what a right royal pain THAT is to remove fluffy stuff from!). The stitching is free-motion with the tightest top tension I can get on my machine and no bottom tension at all. Three different bottom threads -
regular sewing cotton, Koigu KPM 4 ply merino and a perle cotton. The fluffy stuff is some nasty acrylic stuff that I hand couched to give the image a bit more substance.
There are lots of beads and sequins scattered throughout which has made the thing an utter torment to photograph. The fluffiness seems to add to that problem as well. The camera doesn't know what to focus on (just like me!!) Minimal background quilting including a few lines of mother-of-pearl metallic.
Fun to make! I may well repeat some of these techniques. Sewing on the wool was particularly nice. I used an embroidery hoop to keep it taut and it was buttery to sew (as you would expect).