I did try to keep this piece a secret but soon realised I wouldn't have any stitching to blog about because this is going to occupy the next three or four weeks. I've called it 'Remains of the Day'. It is a fairly ambitious piece given my current health, I hope to finish it in time for the J.C. exhibition in October. The last two weeks have been spent sewing it down with hundreds of (hopefully) invisible stitches. Then I have added stripes of gesso followed by copper gilding on various areas. I have over printed some beetle shapes and I'm using machine stitch to doodle and link the whole thing together. The final layer will be hand stitched and any embellishments I decide to use.
Some areas I will pick out existing patterns to stitch round, other areas will be more randomly stitched.
Linking different elements will be key to this piece.
The cooler weather is a great help when stitching in my conservatory workroom but it does mean that I've run out of excuses for not working!