Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Resolved.

 After all my umming and aaahing about perspex v canvas I have eventually decided and here is the finished piece. I used a blank stretched canvas, 2 feet square, with deep sides, attaching the pieces on small pieces of foamcore board first glued then stitched to the backing. You can see the distance from the canvas in this raking light.
 This piece will be called 'The Veils of morning' I think. Or maybe 'Midnights all a-glimmer'.
I'm using 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' by WB Yeats as my poem. The colours are from my peaceful place, The Burren, and I'm translating the sounds from the poem into motifs swirling mistilly....I hope!
 I enjoyed making these little pieces and if I had time before the exhibition, would have liked to have made a similar piece for the line  '..noon a purple glow'. 
I can see it in heather and stone and sea colours. 
 I like these darker pieces.
The blues and greys are supposed to recall the limestone and sea. 

You may remember this piece of felt.
 Well..I've had a little go at it with my sewing machine.
 Oohhh!
 What fun and there's more to do yet.
Talking of fun. I had a lovely time last week at Keswick Embroiderers' Guild. I drove up through the lakes a week ago tonight and stayed with a lovely couple in a beautiful house in a beautiful village.
The next day I gave a talk and we played with dyes, then I had an equally wonderful drive home, past Derwentwater, Thirlmere, Grasmer, Rydal Water and  Windermere. The weather was gorgeous and people were out in force, little groups standing at bus stops with rucksacs, couples hand in hand strolling about with big smiles on their faces, blossom everywhere and sunshine...SUNSHINE!! It makes all the difference. Especially in the Lake District.
Oh, and I made a few brooches.
I hope everyone had a good Easter. I did. We sat in the garden in the sun.

40 comments:

chocolatefrog said...

"Veils" looks glorious! I love the subtle colours and the delicate shadows. Where's the exhib?

Carol Q said...

OMG I do love looking at your work Jackie. You are so good at combining colour. Love your stitching on your felted piece.

Julie said...

Oh Jackie this is just perfect! The colours are wonderful and the whole piece has a wonderful movement to it. The colours definitely echo The Burren. I would love to see you work '..noon's a purple glow'.

I like the work you are doing with the felt and you have given me an idea. I hadn't really thought about embroidering on felt. Sounds like fun.

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Lovely post Jackie. Your piece mounted on canvas is wonderful and works so well! The colours are perfect as is the swirling movement you have captured.
Hasn't all this sunshine been a tonic. I feel happy too : )

Jennifer Tetlow said...

Your colour sense is sublime - I'm floating and swimming and luxuriating in your piece - it is very beautiful!

And what magic stitching on the felt.

Rachel said...

I'm so glad you achieved a satisfactory resolution - the piece is delightful - and I would love to see the version in purples and stone colours!

Erica said...

Jackie, the work is glorious. It is so light that it sings. Linnets' wings? Intrigued by what might come forth from the felt too.
On my one visit to the UK (in September) I fell in love with the Lake District too. It is a magical place and it was delightful to read your commentary on your journey there and back - which brought it all back for me. Thank you.
Here in NZ we are hunkering down for winter! Dull, gray today, so I am going to start stitching one of your little pouches which will brighten my corner of the world anyway.

Jackie said...

Thank you Rachel, Erica and Aileen. I had considered 'Linnets wings ' too, but thought the viewer might be looking for actual wings. Perhaps I'm too literal?

Patty Biermans said...

I can't find the right words,(I'm not english) all I can say is...magnificent embroidery. Hugzz...Peebee

soggibottom said...

I rather like the first name. The Vailes, opps.. but I like it anyway.... RIGHT DIRECTION :-)xxx
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jeanette, mistress of longears said...

More than stunning!!!! And thanks for the progress photos, ever so interesting to see it "grow" before my eyes!

Vicki W said...

It doesn't matter what the name is, it's stunning!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Without knowing the poem you to which you refer... I immediately thought of the ocean and a stoney beach ... very lovely.

Susan said...

They all look fantastic.

lilylovekin said...

It is lovely to watch the progress, the colors are beautiful. I need to look up the poem.

Thimble Fingers said...

I think you've got your groove back, LOL! I love the swirling mounted piece, it works brilliantly and I'm looking forward to the next purpley one. Can't wait to see the finished felt piece either, its looking great.
Welcome back!!!!!

Jude said...

I'm liking very much....
the felt is gorgeous too..
I'm glad you out there seeing things (you know what I mean)
xxxx

Menopausal musing said...

You are "BACK"! :O))))))))))

stitchinglife2 said...

Very beautiful. And thank you for quoting from one of my favourite poems.

Su said...

Stunning - I love it. You are very talented.

Heather said...

I love the way 'Veils' swirls gently - although there is movement it is very serene and would be an ideal piece for meditation. Looking forward to the purple piece. Your felt piece is taking on new life and will be gorgeous. Lucky ladies in your group and in such a wonderful location. Love the brooches and we had a weekend in the garden too - some work but lots of sitting!

Rosie said...

Oh Jackie, I love this piece SO much - the title is definitely "Veils of Morning" because it speaks to me of the mists on the Lakeland fells. It made me want to cry actually. And what you've done with the felt is absolutely stunning .. you're SO talented I'm gobsmacked!! And, you're obviously feeling brighter, which is such good news.

Fiona said...

I love the way these stand proud on the canvas. Brilliant.

melbatoast68 said...

Simply amazing!

Gina said...

You canvas piece looks good Jackie...but I'm drooling over the stitching on the felt!

Jill said...

I have to agree with Gina - the canvas piece is lovely, but the stitched felt is love at first sight.

Sheep Rustler said...

It's all incredibly beautiful and inspiring. But how did you sew the foamcore? And is it the pieces themselves that are sewn to it, or the foamcore sewn to the canvas? Inquiring minds want to know!

Kathleen said...

Fabulous, awesome, spectacular, superb, top drawer, marvelous, fantastic, desirable, incredible, delicious, exquisite, distinctive, titillating, heavenly, delightful ... oh I'm sorry I am getting carried away, but these are words that come to mind when I see your art. Simply beautiful. Love it.

Annie and Lyn said...

Love 'The Veils of morning'(or'Midnights all a-glimmer'). Terrific piece of art - you should make some more!

Julia said...

Oh my, that is just beautiful!! I love the colour and the detail, plus the work in progress pics - thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work, so inspiring!

Love Julia x

Mermaid's Purse said...

They are absolutely scrummy - all of them!!! xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

YAY! So glad to see you have your muse back! Obviously she (he?) was just having a rest and now is back in full groove. Beautiful piece!!

karen said...

WONDERFULL!!!!!!!

The Coffee Lady said...

I was at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe the other day and there were your familiar designs. It made me so happy to see them.

Iz said...

Fan-blimmin'tastic! I love the way they all swirl round when you look at them. Beautiful.

Lynette (NZ) said...

LOVE your swirling piece - it has everything - beautiful colours, lovely movement, gorgeous stitch. You are so talented.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS work Jackie x

silverpebble said...

Moss, lichen, verdigris, new leaves. Oof. Utterly beautiful.

Linda said...

Sorry I'm late Jackie......just wanted to say your felted piece is fabulous and SO inspiring!! Love those swirling brooches too....you're amazing.
XX

Pattio said...

Wow! I live your work. Texture, rich saturated colours, organic designs, so cool!



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