Monday, January 16, 2017

Dragonflies

I am in the early stages of preparing a series of new class projects. For now I am just playing with ideas and thoughts - a bit of feet up, relax and just stitch before the real work begins.

One of the projects that are taking shape is going to be including dragonflies.
Since I don't have a garden full of dragonflies, I spent a couple of fabulous hours on Pinterest looking at dragonfly illustrations, admiring some amazingly beautiful drawings.


I made two 'collage' pages of pictures, just to have next to me while I started drawing. I don't ever copy anything, they kind of just sit next to me, like a little security blanket that I can glance at if I need to.  One thing is knowing I want a dragonfly, or two, or three... another is to arrange them into some kind of design, but that too is coming together nicely.
There are still a lot of decisions to be made...fabric (colour and fibre?), threads (silk or cotton??), and of course colours?.. these little critters can be any colour I want, which is both exciting and a little bit scary. That aside...


... I just felt like stitching. I am not sure about the orange/pink, I like the wing, and I most certainly will not be stitching on ivory. The satin stitch body and shaded wings worked as I had hoped - this project is for a beginner class on satin stitch and long & short stitch (soft shading) so I need small(ish) simple shapes, with no tricky curves or flowing stitch directions to get around.

Have a lovely, stitchy week,
Anna X



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