Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Coming from Texas, Fall didn't always feel like Fall. Leaves don't always change color and if they do, it may not be until Christmas! If you have ever lived there, or have relatives that do,
you'll know exactly what I mean!
Up here, in Colorado, it's a whole different story:
Not too long ago, I did some basic thread sketching.
I grabbed what I had on hand to use as a base, (a double layer of Sulky Cut-Away Plus),
a pencil, some Sulky threads and got to it.
I definitely didn't over think it.
That's the key here.
Don't. Over. Think. It.
First, I sketched some mountain outlines with my pencil.
Next, I started free motion stitching. Nothing fancy. Just back and forth across the square.
I started with a darker blue Blendable for the center mountain.
(Objects that are closer, always appear darker.)
Then I stitched the other two mountains in a lighter, more purple, Blendable shade.
I was envisioning a brilliant sunset over the mountains, so I stitched with a bright yellow Blendable
right over the mountain tops. Gradually, I layered in some oranges and reds.
You'll notice that I didn't stitch in perfectly straight lines and that there are some gaps.
That really was on purpose!
I wanted it to be difficult to tell where one thread stopped and another started.
I finished it off with a dark red Blendable and a solid charcoal black.
I decided not to do any outlining and to just let the colors do the work.
In total, it probably took me about 20-30 minutes and measures approximately 3 x 3".
It's a little rough, but I like it.
Every time I sit down and stitch, even if it's just for a few minutes,
time slows down, and I learn something!
Never. Stop. Learning.
For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you might remember how much I love the mountains! To explain my absence from the world of fiber art and creativity, I'm happy to report that since I posted last, our family has successfully relocated to Colorado!This move has been in the works for years now, but what a blessing to see it realized!
So many horrific natural disasters have happened lately. As I keep those affected in my thoughts and prayers, I am reminded at how quickly life can change from what we have planned. Sometimes, change is great and sometimes, it is tragic. Despite some of the challenges our family has endured through this big move, I realize they are tiny in comparison to what others are currently experiencing. It makes me bite my tongue when I even think of complaining.
If you have any opportunity to bless those affected by the disasters, please do it!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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