Monday, January 9, 2012

water lilies (dig and delve unceasingly)

It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.
— Claude Monet (1840–1926)

I'm hoping that whenever possible, I'll find ways to play with and employ the stitches I'm learning in the 2012 TAST Challenge to create temari — even if very non-traditional and experimental. This week's stitch was the fly stitch, and I was inspired to use it like an impressionist brushstroke to make my interpretation of Claude Monet's water lily paintings.

Hours and hours of layer upon layer of the fly stitch create this temari.

Thread wrap in light bluish-green (celadon); no division; embroidery in about 12 shades of blues, greens, violets, and in-betweens. The quote above by Monet is in the bell box along with 7 brass rings. Circumference: 9.75 inches / 25 cm; diameter: 3.1 inches / 7.95 cm. Completed 9 January 2012 (no. 086).

Sold to benefit