Monthly Archives: April 2012

Soft Sculpture Fish

This piece was inspired by my March trip to the Biodome in Montreal.  There were fish in 2 of the ecosystems, but the ones in the Gulf of St Lawrence held our attention for the longest time.

I eventually want to do a  fish with an embroidered body, but for now I thought I’d do a few in fabric with free motion embroidered fins.

Free motion Embroidery on Ultra Solvy, water-soluble stabilizer

So far I’ve only done this one in black and white with red fins.

Montreal Biodome and Botanical Gardens – Part 2

Morpho helenor

Butterflies Go Free at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal.

We entered  in the middle of a series of interconnecting green houses full of beautiful plants.  A greenhouse at one end housed the moths and at the opposite end a greenhouse full of butterflies.  As it was day, the moths were not very active and it was easy to take their picture.  The butterflies, on the other hand, were flying all over.  They would briefly alight on a bush, flower, or even a person, before flying off .

Cobra Moth

Cecropia Moth



Owl Butterfly

Danaus plexippus

Montreal Biodome and Botanical Gardens – Part One

Sorry everyone.  I couldn’t write my blog on Monday.  I have been ill for the last week and a half and haven’t done anything – no art, no blogging.  However, before I got sick, I went to Montreal with a friend.  We visited the Biodome and the Botanical Gardens.  I thought I would show you some of my pictures from our visit.

The rest of this week I will be busy preparing for and participating in the Ottawa Artisans Guild  Spring Show.

Next week I will post pictures from the Botanical Gardens.

The Biodome is divided into ecosystems: Tropical Rainforests of the Americas, Laurentian Maple Forest, Gulf of the St. Lawrence, and Sub-polar Regions (Labrador Coast and Sub-Antartic Islands).

Tropical Rainforest

Scarlet Macaws

Red Piranha

River Otter

Canada Lynx

Atlantic Sturgeon

Green Sea Urchins & Frilled Anemones

Northern Rockhopper Penguins

King Eider

Thread Tangle from a Photograph

  This past week I did two more thread tangles from the same picture.

The picture is one that I took of my nephew when he was small.

I sketched the picture and then traced it, outlining the areas with a different values.

In my embroidery software, I choose a different colour and pattern for each area.  This allows me to do different versions more easily.

As these tangles originate from a photograph I seem to want to do at least one version in more realistic (but not necessarily accurate) colours.

As the picture is almost square I couldn’t decide whether to do it in portrait or landscape orientation. So I did one of each.

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