Like several others in the group, I was taken with the strong diagonal lines created by the closer stems. The yellow flowers also drew me, and I loved all the greens. I knew I wanted to try abstracting the photo. So on my first attempt, I came up with this:
I knew before I finished it that it wasn't right. I liked the hand stitching at the top, but the bottom half just bugged me. I finally decided that the mixture of abstract and somewhat realistic just wasn't going to work.
So before I finished this one, I started another, determined to make it abstract- all of it!! So here's my interpretation of Barbara's photo. A name didn't come easily to me- I finally settled on the title from a favorite children's book, since the wildness of the scene was one of the things I liked.
'Where the Wild Things Are'
19.5 X 17.25
Hand dyed and commercial fabrics, machine pieced and quilted, hand embroidered
I wanted to go for a fractured effect, so I pieced and then cut and reassembled with the insets. The 'flowers' are just small torn pieces of hand dyed cheesecloth. The embroidery is what took the most time!
I enjoyed watching the interplay between the machine quilting and the hand embroidery as I worked.
I finished the edge with two strands of yarn twisted together, then mounted it on a separately quilted 'mat'- the same process I used for the piece I did of Nellie's photo. I like the way the dark fabric grounds the scene.
So there you have it. Not a perfect rendition of my vision, but better than the first.