I gather nature – preserving the pieces for a while longer.
I use nature as the skeleton for my work.
I am nature and my actions reflect its energy.
I noticed when the green leaves are behind the mahogany ones we can see them better.
These leaves were not pressed and I decided to give my piece dimension stuffing two leaves and using yarns to define the veins.
After working the design I painted the linen. Best lesson here is paint surface FIRST then develop the motifs.
The year study lead me to reconsider how to approach each work. In rughooking the details are completed first, working out to background. But as noted in this square the surface needed to be painted before building up the leaves. I just have to remember to consider how before doing.
You inspire me to plan more. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and then have to undo things as a result.
I’ve often wondered about painting the linen. I like your result! Also thought about dyeing some of the wool after it’s been hooked.