CHALLENGE 2013: This was a non happening but will be part of my next years work as I work thru the year

CHALLENGE 2012 : Each month I will choose a picture from last years challenge and create a fibre art interpretation of it or piece of it using at least one new technique each time.

CHALLENGE: 2011: 365 days in picture.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I have chosen the baby monkey even though previously I have avoided it as I was not sure I wanted a monkey looking at me off the wall.... but..... the challenge of thread painting has got to me and he is rather cute.

I have cropped the pic to what I think is a nice composition and will again do a small canvas - 8 inch square.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Very tempted to do this one. Met up with a local artist who does the most amazing machine embroidery - Kathryn Harmer-Fox. 

Looking at July's pics I seemed to be drawn to a second black and white?

Again, maybe a bit of machine embroidery for the moth/butterfly ...cannot remember which lands with wings open etc. although it did appear to be making the most of the sun at the time so who knows.

Getting there - June!

Mulled over the piece sitting on the ledge at lunch and I think I am now getting there.

Apologies, this pic taken outside and it has changed the background colours completely. Definitely berry heavy before and unbalanced.  Unfortunately I have it mounted already so to change the background lines I think the next step is to come in with some hand stitching, possibly some seeding.  It certainly has been a challenge getting this right and I think it is because of the smallness of it - been interesting.


Finally finished or is it.?  Photographed it looks a little iffy but I need to give it a rest and then go back to it.

I have changed the ratio of berries to foliage as per the picture.  This is a little canvas (8inch square) and although made out of air dried modelling clay, painted and varnished, the berries would have been too clumsy.  The same problem I had with the dew drops on an earlier piece.  The foliage behind is too predictable and this is where I need to fiddle plus I have just realized the seed pods have no stems !