Poppies (and roses and daisies 😉 ) are almost a cliché when it comes to textile work. Almost everyone uses them as inspiration at some point, whether it’s scribbled sketches or highly detailed and amazing translations to machine or hand work. Google the image search and see what comes up! I’m not really knocking the subject matter, as i did it on purpose 🙂
All cliché aside, i did enjoy this one. At 30×40″, it initially seemed a manageable size to work with, as i was able to experiment and go larger with the technique–until i got to all the background stitching! I didn’t want to cop out with a lot of echo lines or running stitch to fill space, but even breaking up areas with the chosen elements took longer than expected. The wrapped backstitch i love for clear lines is a great stitch, but essentially it’s a stitch you do twice so it takes longer than using one simple one, running stitch for example 🙂 . I finished it yesterday in a marathon session with old movies and a snoring dog keeping me company.
Deb Lacativa‘s gorgeous hand dyes were being hoarded until i realized they had to be used, or what was the point? I’m not a stasher who drools over her collection as just a collection–i want to use the cloth in art, not be wrapped in a shroud when i die! (I think it was Robbi Eklow who said that a loooooooooooong time ago.) Deb’s cloth is truly magical, soft and rich, saturated in colour and perfection for hand stitch.
Though i have half jokingly referred to this all along as The Ubiquitous Poppy Project, it’s really “All the Gardens Dreaming”, still a tongue in cheek reference to the subject matter’s use everywhere.
By the way, if you prefer seeing the photos without the arty slideshow, they are in my Gallery 2015 🙂