Saturday, 28 February 2015

FUNGI


At first my heart sank when the colour was unveiled .... I very seldom work in these colours. A walk around a dam while on holiday in the Drakensberg in November gave me my inspiration - little mushrooms growing out of the bark of a very damp and dark tree. They are not as sandy coloured as they should be in the photograph but you can see a smidgen. I had great fun in the end and do love it.  

I used Lutradur 'Crush' which I bought at FOQ's last year .....


.. this is it painted prior to using.

 My difficulties were that I used 'misty fuse' to fuse it to the background fabric, stitched and then tried to burn and distress. There were too many resists stopping it from burning. I should have burnt it before stitching. Note to myself.

The green embroidery was added at this stage.

I then drew the mushrooms onto white cloth and free motion embroidered them ....cut them out and stitched onto background cloth of fabric and crush.  Paint sticks were also used.

13 comments:

  1. Again you have produced something that is great and your stitching is just so perfect for this piece. Love the Lutradur 'crush' which I am not familiar with but it works so well I would really like to experiment with it. What wonderful textures in your piece and once again - fabulous!

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  2. Phil, this is a textural "tour de force". Brilliant contrast of colour and texture really make this piece. Zooming in on the photo allowed me to appreciate it all the more. The painted "crush" is lovely in its subtlety.

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  3. Oh my, this is beautiful! You have caught the mood of the dank areas where mushrooms are found. I like the touch of colour from the Paint Stiks on the bark.

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  4. Love it. You have got the textures and feeling of the bark, moss and mushrooms just right. Those mushrooms look like a secret that you have shared with us.

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  5. you have used a lot of techniques and I love how well they all come together. Your mushrooms are exquisite. I hope when we meet up in 2016 that you will bring some of these with you so we can fondle them.

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  6. Beautiful piece!!!.The bark and moss textures are such a beautiful dark contrast and set off the intricate and beautiful stitching in the forground. WOW!

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  7. Not much I can add to the rest of the comments, except to say this piece is exceptional. I've often wondered how to transfer some of my fungi photos to fabric, but I'm sure I could never better what you have done.

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  8. Such an unexpected choice of subject, but how well you have executed it - your eye for detail is amazing. Your ability to create that detail in stitch is awesome.

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  9. Amazing textures in this piece. So effective!

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  10. You have captured the texture of the bark and the mushrooms look so real. It all works together perfectly

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  11. lutrador, embroidery and paint sticks - three of my favourite elements - they do so well together enhancing many a subject.
    i so love what you have done phil
    thanks for the detailed explanation - you have got my creative juices flowing

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  12. lutrador, embroidery and paint sticks - three of my favourite elements - they do so well together enhancing many a subject.
    i so love what you have done phil
    thanks for the detailed explanation - you have got my creative juices flowing

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