Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Field of Flowers

Field of Flowers, Fabric Postcard, (4"x6")
Fannie Narte

"Field of Flowers" was created by painting the background with Neocolor II and adding flowers in the foreground by free-motion embroidery using Alison Holt's techniques. I used two different colored threads: a dark thread in the bobbin, and a medium colored thread in the top. The bobbin's tension was loosened and the top's tension was tightened in order to bring the bobbin's thread to the surface, which helps to create texture and lights and shadows. More Neocolor II was added after the embroidery was finished to unite the piece.

ALISON HOLT

Alison Holt's book, "Beginner's Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers," is well-written and inspirational. I found her while researching "silk painting." Alison works on Habutai silk. She paints her background or focal points using silk paints, then adds free-motion embroidery.

After reading her book, I purchased her "Creating Machine Embroidery--Flowers and Landscapes" DVD. "Field of Flowers" is my attempt at two of the flowers included in her book and DVD. She does amazing free-motion embroidery work, also known as "thread painting." What's even more amazing is that she uses only two types of stitches: straight stitch and zig zag. You don't need a fancy sewing machine.

Click HERE to see some of her techniques.

Click HERE to see a short introductory video clip by Alison on YouTube.

Source:
Alison Holt

WHY DO YOU BLOG?

I started blogging in July of last year because I wanted to express my feelings, ideas and beliefs through art to my daughters, grandchildren and future generations. It was my way of leaving a legacy and reveal my heart and soul. It was my on-line heart/art journal.

In the beginning, this blog was not open to the public because I was writing for my family and friends, and I am an "extremely" private person. Surprise!

GOING PUBLIC

After a few weeks of blogging, I decided to go "public." And here I am, approaching my 200th consecutive post!

LESSONS FROM BLOGGING

Among the many things I've learned about blogging, the Internet, and myself, I've learned that my blogging style needed to reflect my personality--not my "non-fiction/essay" academic-default writing style. Blogging every day gave me a sense of "routine," which I discovered is important to me.

Blogging has also clarified my art, my ideas, my direction and my life. When I look back at my older posts, I see where I've been, how much I've grown, and where I'm going. For most of my life, writing each day was a habit and sometimes a necessity. I was an almost-daily-journal-writer before blogging.

GRATITUDE

I'm glad I opened "Imagine, Create, Inspire" to the public. If not, I would have deprived myself of personal improvement, opportunities for service and many friends.

Why do you blog?
Fannie

17 comments:

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie...this piece is stunning ...the layout...the colours...just wonderful...

You have left some great questions that I will need some time to ponder and answer...

thanks for the on-going inspiration to keep imagining and creating wonderful things...

you have a wonderful gift...

rbaird said...

This is really beautiful!

Blogging has brought many wonderful people like you, into my life that I would not have otherwise met!

rbaird said...

This is really beautiful!

Blogging has brought many wonderful people like you, into my life that I would not have otherwise met!

kiwicarole said...

Hi Fannie, I can see why you were inspired by Alison's work! Straight stitch and zigzag? Your field of flowers is lovely, I wouldn't expect anything less! :) carole

Sue B said...

This piece is fabulous!

Fannie said...

Thanks, Diana. I look forward to your insights.

Thanks, Roberta. I appreciate your friendship too.

Thanks, SueB. You're a wonderful teacher with smart business sense.

Joanna van said...

Fannie, what great techniques. I bet it is even more lovely in person. Beautiful flowers.

Forever Young said...

i never knew that this existed,machine embroidery. it's terrific. i love reading your posts they are so interesting.
i started blogging much the same time as you did, doing my 60b460 blog (which was my 60 things to do before I turned 60 in february this year)(see my profile). My son got me started as he has (many) blogs.(see prozacville etc, that's him!)Then I finished that off and decided to open another one. I love to do something every day, and am having so much fun and along the way, giving pleasure and fun too. It is now firmly part of my life. keep asking questions....

Jacq said...

Your flowers are beautiful I really like the colors and the technique. Another thing for my to do list. Blogging has made me think about being creative everyday and is a great accounting of where I have been. I have found, one of the best rewards about blogging is the people I have met and the things I have learned.

Sherry said...

Another great piece Fannie. I really need to do more with my neocolors.

Blogging to me is an outlet. I spend a lot of time alone and this lets me vent if needed, share a few life experiences, and post a few of the arts and crafty things I tackle. Blogging has also opened up a whole new world for friendships in which I will always cherish.

Regina said...

Hi Fannie-
thanks for sharing this inspiring resource. Your flowers are lovely. It will be fun to see all the wonderful things you are sure to do with this technique.
I did some thread painting many years ago when I wanted to make a special nightgown that I could wear while recoving from surgery since I knew I'd be having visitors. I'll have to try it again one of these days!

Fannie said...

Thanks, Kiwi Carole and Joanna van.

Fannie said...

Thanks Forever Young, Jacq and Sherry. It sounds like all of us agree that one of the best things about blogging is the connection with friends all around the world! I'm glad to have met all of you!

Regina, I'm sure wearing your special nightgown helped with the healing process as well as having something beautiful to wear. I hope you're well now. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Fannie said...

I love reading all of your comments, especially your reasons for blogging. Each person has their own reasons, and yet most everyone also have the same reason--friendship!

Lisa M Griffin said...

this is beautiful, I can't belive that this is thread and fabric. Lovely job, thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Hello Fannie. You ask such insightful questions that make me think about myself. Thats what I love about your blog (besides the beautiful artwork)! But I've thought about it and decided I have a couple of reasons: 1. To share my art with someone besides my family. I believe artwork is meant to be shared. 2. To meet other artists who share their art and tips, like you!

Fannie said...

Thanks, Lisa! Maybe someday you'll find some time to explore thread painting. ??? ;-D

Hi, Beth. I'm glad you share your art with all of us. It would be a loss to us, otherwise. I'm glad we met too, and you share wonderful tips on your blog as well. Sharing is an eternal circle; giving, receiving. Nice.