Friday, February 3, 2012

little bits of machine and hand sewing

I love that the sun is setting later each day and the afternoons are much brighter. Just a month ago it would have been dark around 4:30PM. This was taken around 5:30 last night from my dining room door.

My last 2 days have been pretty busy with dentist and doctor's appointments and errands, so I've only managed a bit of sewing here and there. Yesterday, I was so tired when I got home, that I dragged out a piece that I had relegated to the hand sewing basket. I think I've been putting it off because I'm not completely satisfied with it. When I see it by the light of day, it seems OK, and the camera seems to 'show' it OK, but at night it just seems blah. What seems to be bothering me is that the large flowers disappear into the background in low light or from a distance.

I'm not one to completely abandon a piece unless I feel I've ruined it and even then maybe it could be cut up.I think it is a learning experience to try to finish it.

I've added a little hand embroidery and plan to add some sparkly beads to the water. What to do about the flowers though. I've thought about using embroidery behind the flowers to bring out the contrast but that might also bring that background forward. I've also thought I might add more white paint to the flowers. The 3rd option is add some dark shadowing with fabric paint just around the borders of the flowers.
Sometime this weekend, likely not tomorrow, as I'm going to a guild UFO Day with a quilt I'm working on, I will give it a go. I would welcome any suggestions.

When I got home this afternoon, I decided that I should get out for a walk. The sun was shining in a clear blue sky and it was about -3C with little wind. Then before I had to start supper, I sat down and did a little more machine quilting on the cosmos piece until I ran put of bobbin thread. I would have liked to continue but thought maybe I should get something ready for supper as I didn't yesterday.
Sometimes I like the back too.


Anonymous said...

Love the quilt that you're working on from your sewing basket :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I wish I was more artistic; can't give any help with this piece. I am sure you'll do just fine with it,

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It seems like the flowers need to be darker than the purple stalks to really stand out.