The 17th Annual Lacombe Art Show and Sale is just over two weeks away, so I'm bolstering my inventory of minis. This one's been sandwiched for a couple of months, I think...just waiting for stitch.
Inspired by the memory of a 'moonset' I saw in December while driving in to work one morning, it's background is a piece of hand-dyed poly-cotton sheeting, on which I painted the pale setting moon using some Shiva PaintStik (R), and some fabric paints. I covered this with a piece of Extravorganza (R) -- printable organza -- on which I'd printed a photo of one of my favourite stands of trees. (The organza is fused to the background fabric with MistyFuse.)
I decided to stitch some of the tree trunks, using dark grey silk thread (YLI)...but found that the "hazy" look created by the organza overlayer meant it was hard to see what I was doing.
Aha! (That's the light-bulb going off in my brain.)
I have a small clip-on magnifying glass for embroidery. I found a way to clip it to the edge of my sewing table...et voila!
Using my trusty walking foot, the stitching went quite easily. The matting is more of a challenge.
I'm undecided. I have two mats that might work. One is a very dark grey; the other, more blue. So...Gentle Readers, here are two shots of each. I'd like your opinion, please! (Remember, each piece is 5" x 7", matted to 8" x 10".)
First, photographed in full sunlight on a counter in front of a window:
Next, photographed outside on a white background, but out of the bright sun:
Any thoughts? While you ponder my dilemma, I'm linking this up to WIP Wednesday over at The Needle and Thread Network, and going out for a jog. See you later!