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Last weekend I took a course given by Megan Cleland on needle felting animals. The course was given at Fibrefest in Almonte. It was a small class and Megan gave excellent instruction and demos. I chose to do a Great Blue Heron from one of the photographs taken on a morning walk. I thought I was finished when I left the class but since then I’ve done the back ground 3 times. I then removed a lot of it because it was too busy.
I’ve painted the heron in watercolours several times and that helped me in doing this picture. The felting is easier but takes longer to do even if you don’t remove what you’ve needle felted in place several times.
It is now pinned up on a wall so I can look at it and decide if there is anything else I need to add or change before I mount it.
During the summer I can’t see the lake from my cottage. There are too many trees in between.
This week enough of the leaves have fallen that it is now visible. I only get a glimpse.
I painted this sketch from my deck. I left out a few large trees so my actual view is less than what is in the sketch.
As you can see in the sketch the sumac behind my cottage are still brightly coloured and have lots of leaves. Many of the other ones around the property are much farther along having lost their brilliance and many leaves.
Colour Personified is a needlefelted piece based on a watercolour (see post here) I did a while ago.
The curly bits are hand spun wool yarns I used to add more texture.
The other 2 pieces were:
Forest Fawn, an applique and part of the OOTB green colour challenge is here.
I have been working on a hand embroidery project. I have been using Sulky 12 wt Cotton Petites and Linda Palaisy’s hand-dyed Soy Silk and didn’t have the right colour of thread of either in my stash. So I decided to paint some white 12 wt Sulky cotton thread using Inktense Blocks.
I wrapped a length of thread once around the clothes line and pinned it. Then, using a dampened sponge, I wet the thread.
I re-wet the sponge and wrung it out. Using the side of a Derwent Inktense Block I coloured the damp sponge. Holding on to the end of the thread to keep it taut I wiped the sponge up and down the thread making sure it was completely covered.
After rinsing out the remaining colour. I covered the sponge with a second, darker colour.
I then coloured over parts of the thread.
After the thread dries I will iron it and then re-wet it and use a sponge or old wash cloth to remove the excess colour.
In the summer I go to exercise classes at Barnet Park in Calabogie twice a week. It is a beautiful setting. I frequently arrive early and sketch until its time for the class. I always bring my camera.
These watercolours are from photos I took. They are the same view but one is taken with a wider angle.
I have been felting lately, inspired by the Stephanie Metz workshop I took in July at Arrowmont.
This is a piece that I started in Stephanie’s class. I originally had soft worn down mountains and that’s how they remained until last weekend. Edwina Sutherland and I participated together at Fibrefest and I asked her what I should do with the piece. She said the mountains needed more definition. So when I had spare moments at the show I sat and felted mountains out of molehills. I had so much fun and the piece looks a lot better. It’s not what I had in mind when I started, but I do have ideas of what to do next.
I recently watched a video demonstration by Dory Kantor on Notans. Traditionally these are done cutting out black paper and gluing the results to white paper. In the video Dory uses colour and that was a major stimulus for me to give it a try.
I started by experimenting with face shapes. Once they were done I traced and scanned them and then used my embroidery software to make embroidery patterns.
Next I tried a flower shape and I cheated on this one as I changed it while I was tracing it to get the form and shapes I wanted.
Then, just for fun I did cat silhouettes.
All the embroideries are done on white organza.
When I was a teenager we had a cottage in the Eastern Townships in Quebec. Our closest neighbours lived on a farm where we all learned how to milk a cow by hand.
This is my sister Donna who isn’t quite sure if she wants to do this. The watercolour painting is based on a photograph taken by my dad.
The crows were making a racket. I noticed one in the woods and it lead me to the deer. The deer stayed on the ground for quite awhile before getting up.
I watched the deer until it finally walked away through the woods.
After lunch I went by the dining room window and something caught my eye.
I’m sure these are the same two that walked through the snow in my yard a few weeks ago. These two stayed until sometime between 6 and 6:30. They moved once, a little farther away but were still in view when I looked out at 6:00. When I looked out at 6:30 they were gone.
However, they must have returned at some point because when I got up this morning, they were there, just getting up. I didn’t get a picture as they quickly moved off.