Friday, 19 June 2015
I finished the Colours of New Zealand cq picture and I blogging it just so I have a record of how it turned out and also to compare it to my previous two "Colours of......." pictures. There is a lot of background texture in this picture that doesn't show in the front. For instance, the lake beneath the mountains is a piece of silk fabric which has been smocked on the back to create the ridges. Once it was sewn in place, I stitched rows of beads between the grooves. The snow on the mountains was a piece of very sparkly stretch open-weave material which was ironed onto a stabilizing fabric before being cut out and appliqued onto the grey satin mountains with blanket stitch worked in a similar coloured sparkly thread. And the fields on the left were small pieces of various green and yellow materials machine sewn into a patchwork of squares before being sewn to the backing. The Kiwi was a piece of patchwork material with the Kiwis already included. I used two strands of embroidery floss and stitched over the top of the existing bird then went over the top with a single strand to make it more fluffy. I used the colours that were already printed on the fabric to create the shading.