The first word is CONTRAST. I looked through my garden pictures and found one that I thought would be perfect.
This was taken in my garden a few years ago, This wonderful shrub blooms in the late summer and into Sept. I just loved it, but alas it bit the dust last year. I forget the name (something like charioptis) but if you know please let me know. Anyway I loved the contrast between the flowers and the background, a striking black, so I printed it onto fabric.
The black background came out a wishy-washy dark gray. I went over it all with a black permanent marker and it looked better, but a little splotchy. Then I remembered India Ink, so I put that on with a small brush and voila---very black black. If you look carefully on the right hand side you can see where I tried it out. There is a definite line about half way up, the lower half is the India Ink and the rest marker.
On this one I stitched over all the flowers and leaves with the sewing machine, OK, but I thought I could do better.
This one was embroidered by hand and I like it so much better. I mounted it onto a white canvas.
I do enjoy making French Knots and although this took a few evenings of TV work, I think it was well worth the effort. What do you think?
I am going to my Florida home this week and will be three months without a sewing machine, so I am bringing hand work. I already have my next two words, CURVES and ILLUMINATION, printed onto fabric and I will do the embroidery while I am there. Since I am taking my laptop I will be able to blog, so look out for them.
Remember that you can click on any picture to see a closeup.