I have been asked to design and teach another Or Nue project and I am super excited to get it started. If you are not familiar with Or Nue, it is a goldwork technique, where metal threads are laid closely together so that they completely cover the fabric. The image is created by couching the metal in place with coloured silk threads. It is extremely beautiful, well I think so anyway.
The thing is, it is very, very slow and requires a fair bit of accuracy, so it is not everybody's cup of tea. I like it. Once I start and get into a rhythm of stitching, I find the repetitive and methodical stitching extremely satisfying.
Anyway, enough talk - this is what I am about to start..
Meet Queen Bee. The idea of a bee came from the girls in my last class. Well, they were comparing the brick couching to the look of a straw beehive and it slowly evolved from there. I have had the idea of a bee sitting on a bed of honeycomb since then, so getting the actual design drawn up was kind of fun. As usual it begins with a few rough doodle drawings (I do like the idea of a snail too, perhaps I will do that next?) and then bit by bit it is refined into a final line drawing to work from.
As we all do, I roughly knew what a bee looked like, but flicking through images on Pinterest (oh, how I love Pinterest) certainly helped getting finer details right. Pinterest is so perfect both for inspiration in general and also for finding images to piece a mood board together.
The vague picture I had in my head of a bee on a glowing background of honeycomb - was a bit like the image copied onto centre of my mood-board. Isn't it beautiful? That glow is what I am aiming for.
I hope you too have a lovely weekend.
To those who are in the one of the fire zones in Australia, please stay safe.