Stymied with process

I have a good design, pile of materials in a variety of values, and know the techniques I want to use why is this process not enjoyable?

Sketch of Seneca Rocks #2 Susan L Feller

Sketch of Seneca Rocks #2 Susan L Feller

I think the last two ingredients are lacking something….but what?

Check out my decision process so far:  layering fabric, working trees in different values embroidered, hooked and appliquéd, embroidery of leaves and then the rocks.

Decided I need to set this aside and work on another project while researching skills and shopping for supplies.

Came back to the piece and kept going. By selecting the upholstery material for rocks in value and different textures the piece seemed to come together. Turned it over to my partner, Jim Lilly who created a custom frame continuing the layers of forest. Seneca Rocks #2 is complete.

7 thoughts on “Stymied with process

  1. Bonnie

    This wooded scene is so peaceful and I love the different ways you use to fill in the trunks and the natural colors. It makes me want to find a forest and just walk a path. Something different from a hot Florida scene. I used to live in New England and I feel I miss it.


    1. Susan

      Hardest part I find mixing media Betsy is thinking through the construction needs. In hooking we work from detail out to background, with appliqué’ and other fabric or painting the background is first, a foundation and details build on top. Embroidery can get addicting too , when do you stop. That is where I need to work out how I am going to approach finishing this piece, the details will make it. Good luck with your project.


      1. betsy07

        Thanks for your sharing your mixed media experience. At this point I plan on hooking and embroidering on a piece of wool or dyed linen. The class is with Ali Streibel and I am looking forward to working with her.


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