I've lost track of how many I've made since then, but suffice it to say it's been a few dozen...and I'm currently making another few pieces for a local gift/antiques/collectibles shop that has agreed to take a chance on me.
Today I finished the one I had under construction earlier in the week. Clearly the original, nearly-finished version needed something -- and I didn't think my machine could do it so I turned to hand stitch. This took several hours. I blended two strands of DMC floss in two different colours to get the effect I wanted. Then, once the 'branches' (or twigs) were in place, I could see that the impression of bush needed to appear in the background and again, I knew my machine couldn't do it; I had to do it by hand. This is the result:
|Wishing Pond - (C) 2014
I have one more piece in the "nearly-finished" position -- "Winter Dinette". It emulates "January Afternoon" from last year -- but has berries on the trees for a pop of red. I marked the 'pops' out with red marker and then realized...no. Tiny beads were needed...and so I have begun:
|Winter Dinette - WIP (2014)
|Winter Dinette - Detail (2014)
I began to wonder if I was taking too much time over these pieces, which will sell for no more than $35 retail, and of that, there will be commission to pay...
And so I went for a jog to clear my head and relax my body -- and I listened to a podcast -- "Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. In the entry for October 28, Mr. Keillor read this poem...
I Love all Beauteous Things*
I love all beauteous things,
I seek and adore them;
God hath no better praise,
And man in his hasty days
Is honoured for them.
I too will something make
And joy in the making;
Altho’ to-morrow it seem
Like the empty words of a dream
Remembered on waking.
..and I knew I was doing the right thing by taking time and attending to details. It's all about the process, eh? :-)
P. S. Linking to Off the Wall Friday over at Nina-Marie's, because it's been too long since I've done so. See you!