Sunday, 10 July 2011

Isn't technology wonderful?

It's taken me about half an hour to get here & I only have 3 pics to post! The DH says there will be teething problems with a new system. The DH likes to fiddle, (it must be a man thing) so a white e mail pages now has a black background, quite funky really but after i'd grappled with the 'new system' in Photos I went to 'sign in' & it wasn't there, Firefox had eaten it! I called my DH in for the 4th time ( poor guy is trying to cook supper ;) he found it again. I couldn't have told you that I use Internet Exporer to 'get' to my blog! If i one day don't appear here any more it's coz I've gone back to piles of paper...oh, I have those too ;)

Finished the pink & purple garden flower hanging.

Above is the sample




Bottom left is the same geranium as last week, a pink variety of Linarea purpurea & a little Campanula. Soft & delicate (I can do soft & delicate...!)

I found an extra few seconds in my day to actually 'mount' this piece - it is ready to hang on the wall. I stitched the beads to the background first then carefully pinned the piece to the denim & stitched all round having stitched the tab down at the back. of course when you hang it on the wall the string shows a little which personally I find annoying & as the piece is flat to the wall the top falls forward more than I thought it would.  It's fine tho. Same size as last week, 14" x 5" ( I bet my hero Cas Holmes doesn't have these problems...then again...)



The DH isn't convinced by the 'twig' What do you guys think? I mean, honestly? The DH thinks it looks like I haven't taken the same kind of time, care & consideration as I have with the piece, which he really likes (even tho it's 'hairy') I built it knowing that I'd stitch a tab at the top specially to fit the interestingly shaped sun silvered found wood :) It's old, not a bought piece of dowling stained & polished & new. I feel it goes with the worn & reused pieces of fabric I've used. It's an innovative bit of free 'framing', well, hardly innovative but still. It doesn't look too church bazaar does it? (not that there's anything wrong with church bazaars!) I've got lots of 'twigs'!

I'm missing the Youngest, well, just a little! He's trekking deep in outer Mongolia, or by now he could be helping with a project in an orphanage near the capital. Next week he'll be getting some well deserved r & r in Beijing. Perhaps that's why I'm working in felt at the moment, using a needle felting machine instead of having it roll about behind a pony on the Mongolian Steppes?

28 comments:

Heloise said...

I like this work, so rich and beautiful colours. In answer to your question, I think the piece of wood is a bit orange. personally I would prefer it if it were silver coloured like the wood behind.

ju-north said...

Love the work but would lose the twig. sorry!!

Emma said...

Thanks Heloise, I think it's the image, the real thing is more silver like the stool!

Emma said...

OK Julia, give me a replacement idea! (please ;)

Jensters said...

Im gonna stick my nose in now....lol...i think the twig would look better if it was more natural.....i would use one of those wire type things you use for hanging's....but love it all the same.....god dont go back to paper work!! he-he

Julie said...

I like the twig/driftwood Emma. I like to use pieces of aged twig to display aome of my pieces, especially those with a sea theme or incorporating re-cycled items like yors does.

You and me both struggling with new technology. I treated myself to a new laptop and it's causing me problems with regular and slow updates and Norton has taken a dislike to my blog. I seem to need to use IE for some surfing and Firefox for other.

Jenevieve said...

I love it with the twig, I like the re-used look it has. Love the sample in the first picture, all the colours together look fantastic! :) x

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Emma, I think your felted wall hanging looks fantastic - superb colours!And yes I love the natural driftwood too.
Blogger sent me into a spin too a couple of days ago with its new interface - hence no picture under my name but I found by going back through Internet Explorer I was able to reinstate my old dashboard thank God!
Hugs from the freezing land downunder with zero degrees where we live on the land.
Suzy

Jan said...

No doubt you can guess what I think of your twig, since I often use twigs and natural wood items in my own hangings. I love it! I love the whole piece, the colors and the stitching all flow so well together. I just finished another one of my little weavings but haven't mounted it yet. I might have to try it on a piece of the most faded denim I can find. This piece of yours is very pretty. and I like the dangly bits too.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Just happened upon your blog and I love your use of color, form and materials. I look forward to seeing more of your work/play.
best, nadia

ju-north said...

PS! I would leave the hanging as it is - I think that anything else detracts from the wonderful richness of the hanging. (but that's just my opinion!) x

bois-fleurie said...

I always find hanging such pieces difficult.I love the colours,love the whole thing.

fibrefrolics said...

I like the idea of using driftwood,and I sometimes do, but this bit looks too much like horns perhaps? Could you maybe use a more rugged piece? Love the hanging, full of life, colour and texture. It's gorgeous!

Iz said...

I like the stick! I'm a bit confused about the white, though - is that part of the mount or is it just to take the photo? My husband does this too - waits until I've nearly finished something then comes up with a suggestion that involves unpicking and starting again...just ignore him and go with your instincts!

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Hi Emma. Love your new work. I don't mind the twig but it's the shape that doesn't do it for me. Maybe if it didn't bend upwards? Just my opinion : )

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Love the twig, makes the whole piece setting it off in an unusual way. Tres chic! xox Corrine

Beverley Baird said...

A gorgeous piece! Love the colours! I like the wood piece art the top .
Have a wonderful week!

layers said...

computer stuff can be maddening and frustrating-- but it does not seem to affect your colorful works in felt.. and what an interesting trip your son is on.. though I know how you feel when they are so far away.

underatopazsky said...

The hanging is absolutely lovely - being able to go close up really showed the lovely detail. However, (and it may be the colours of the photo) I do think the wood is too yellow/brown against the bluey/magenta/purple tones of the hanging, too smooth and not quite the right shape. Perhaps something more rugged with a light wash of white/pale blue?

LauraX said...

Fabric Art said...

Emma your garden flower hanging looks fantastic, love the different fibers and the colors.
Anni

Lynda Howells said...

I think your wooden support is just right. My son went off travelling..worring time isn't?..but it does them good l promise.x lynda

Jill said...

Love the hanging, but I am not sure about the shape of the twig, I think you need a twiggier twig, I agree with fibrefrolics that it looks a bit like a pair of horns. Perhaps something more rustic.

Catharina Maria said...

Love the Art and also the twig for the hanging !
My translator is back , he was gone with the wind I think , now I have there 2 on my blog , haha .
Love from ♥RINI♥

bois-fleurie said...

Thanks for your lovely coments. I don't mind at all about the dragonflies. We are surrounded by water here so there are loads for me to see often. I love them.

Robin Mac said...

Emma, I love the piece just as it is, including the twig! The comments seem about evenly divided for and against so go with your own instincts! I have just been catching up on your previous post and I love that one too - you are such a creative person. Cheers

Sorcerer said...

:)
really nice work

Linda said...

Sorry I'm late Emma....just had to say I think your fabric pieces are wonderful. As for the twig? I'm with Fibrefrolics and Jill (don't know whether that helps? :-)
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