"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'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.
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!
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.
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?