We had a great meeting. A few people stayed home because of the heat, but they missed out. It was quite comfortable in the shade and such a great group discussion today. I really like this group.
After the SAQA crowd departed I got in an afternoon in the studio. Remember how my current work looked yesterday? Today I began to add more detail, including part of the garden in front of the house. I fused flowers and leaves.
The fused shapes are giving it more interest. I contined the the stitched "drawing" on top of the added fabric shapes.
I like where it is going so far. Not sure if the stitched shadow under the roofline and balcony really work, but I love the little tree and the bougavilla!
Someone asked about the technique. It is pretty straightforward. I am working from my own photo, starting with a rough sketch, then a simple blocking of color, by fusing fabrics. The fused top was layered with felt and a fabric backing, then free-motion stitched on the machine, using two weights of black cotton thread. I sketched in the main shapes with an eraseable pencil, but improvised most of the details.