Where to start? Have you noticed how it gets harder to start the longer time there is between posts? Added to that I have been slipping into a slough of despond and coupled with Blogger being difficult I really haven't the patience to blog, but here goes!
I was recently invited to join a new challenge group and we have just completed our first challenge. There are 16 of us in the group with members from across the world and it looks like being a really exciting experience.
Annabel set the first challenge as Light and Shadow and after and initial panic and some brainstorming I eventually settled into exploring the effects I had photographed on a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The biomes which house the plants are made up from hexagonal shapes and I was taken with the striking shadows cast on a massive rock at the back of the biome.
My initial thought was to manipulate the image in photoshop and I was quite surprised and excited by the effects.
I finally settled on the image above and decided to work it on my embellisher which has been sadly neglected if not ignored lately. I used part of an old blanket as a base and used prefelt, silk scarf, chiffon, wool tops and carded wool to build the design.
I felt (no pun intended) that the large dark area on the right was a bit overpowering as I had used a piece of pre-felt for the shape so I pulled bits of it off and needle felted some lighter wool from the back. Overall I am quite pleased with the final effect although I may add some stitch and I still have to decide how to finish the edge.
The International Quilt Challenge Group is a very illustrious group and I feel a bit inadequate in such experienced company but I have enjoyed the experience of this first challenge. I probably should have mentioned that my piece is A3 size. The next challenge, due in November, is 'Through The Window'. I have had a few thoughts about possible interpretations but I need to find some time to sit down and work them through. 'Through the Window' could have many interpretations, both literal and not so literal so I shall have to stir the old reluctant brainbox into life and hope for inspiration.
I should own up to feeling very low lately. I don't like to bring personal stuff to the blog, especially negative stuff, but I am down in a bit of a hole at the moment and blogging and facebooking are both feeling like hills to climb (not to mention tackling the tip that is my house at the moment!). The sale of my Mum's house fell through today (we need to sell it to pay for her care) so you can understand that that felt like the final straw in a rubbish year but a bloody good roar and a couple of soaked hankies has helped me get a few things into perspective and it's not the end of the world. Onward and upward! (A trip to Ally Pally on Thursday to meet Dale Rollerson who will be there from Australia should be a helpful pick-me-up!)