I've been to meet the lovely people from the Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire, and am very pleased and proud to announce that I'm now a part of this group of very talented artists and craftspeople.
A couple of weeks ago one of my stitching friends came for a visit and we and a couple of other friends spent a week stitching and planning new designs. I made some progress on Autumn Shell Box and have worked out how all the sections are going to work, so it shouldn't be long now before it's finished.
I marked out the chrysanthemum motifs on the small shells and stitched it with #1 silver in line of staggered diagonals. This technique will also be used for the small chrysanths.
I finished off the tie-dye section (I don't seem to have taken a picture of it completed, but it is done). I put in the top of the shell and the black foundation with a silver sayagata design. It wasn't until I took out the tissue paper from the sayagata that I realised it was wonky. But it's staying in for now, it hasn't been couched down so it'll be fairly easy to take out and re-do.
I decided I liked the effect from the top of the shell box (in this post) so much that I'd try the same thing with the maples. I photo-copied the maples onto thin card, cut them out and then placed them where I thought they ought to go on the purple foundation.
Then tacked them all in place.
In this attempt I've used various colours which were used in the large maples. I really like it and it looks lovely but they will be coming out - well, all except the purple ones. I've decided there are too many colours and I like the more subtle effect of the purple on purple.
Things will be quiet again for a couple of weeks until the new floors are sorted, everything is being packed away out of harms way.