It feels and looks like summer is on the wane here… there’s an autumn tinge in the air, the orchards in the area are advertising peaches and early season apples, the garden is in full production swing, the crickets are chirping, and the goldenrod is beginning to color.
So, I’m working a bit faster these days on Summer Sampler:
A closer view:
Can I just say I’m really enjoying the ribbon embroidery? It’s very forgiving… even when the stitches aren’t done “perfectly”, they still look good.
Design notes: One of the issues I’m having with this piece is manipulating the scale of the elements. One of the ways to make something more believable is to make proportions correct. For example: the knot design in the center was designed as being viewed from above… so I’d really like to make all of the other elements within that area of the sampler proportionate to maintain a certain believe-ability. Hope that makes sense.
Anyway. Originally, I had planned to make ribbon flowers in the area around the central knot. However, in order to maintain the desired sense of scale, I had to shrink things… hence the ribbon french knots instead. For those of you dreading already making those knots: they really couldn’t be easier. Trust me.
The border: it seems to have a life of its own right now, but I’m gradually tying it to the sampler by repeating the colors used in it, and by repeating motifs: specifically the quatrefoil shapes. Border motifs will be picked up again in the over-one scene… think formal garden: masonry, pillars, urns, etc.
The area pictured still needs some tweaking, but I wanted to share the evolution of this piece (especially since it’s taking so long.)
Next, I’ll be working on the over-one scene…the top of its green border is visible at the bottom of the first picture.