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Tuesday
Jun022009

TROPICAL JAZZ Update

For the last month I've been stitching a few hours a night on Tropical Jazz.The canvas has now been colored with a blend of translucent markers in several places. You can see where the canvas has been colored but not yet stitched. I 've decided to complete all the "regular" stitching before adding the embellishments. But the end is near for stitching. At the far right there is one strip with a little remaining. And at the left side, there is a large swath of four diamonds which is underway, as well as the border. When these areas are done, it's on to embellishments! It probably looks a little unfinished now, but just wait.

  

 

Now for the embellishments. I've gathered together all the things I've collected as options, EXCEPT for the resin beads which I  am re-posting below. I'm waiting for a few more beads to arrive and then I'll have a short painting session to add some Stewart Gill Metallica paint. I'll post some photos when they're ready.

See, there are lots of choices: some flat square and lentil beads, braids with sequins, "squiggly" rayon threads, and tiny round and square sequins. The multicolor thread at the bottom is what I plan to use as the background surrounding the diamonds on the left side.

 

Previously (back in January or February) I posted a sketch of the overall plan.  I've stuck to it fairly well, but as usual a few things needed to be changed.  That goes for the embellishments too.  I know I will use some of each of the four main groups seen above, plus the resin  beads, but I'm just not sure exactly which colors, etc.  It will take laying them out on top of the stitched areas and then picking one or two at a tme and then more, and more, etc. until it seems "right".   I was recently reading the latest Cloth Paper Scissors Studios magazine, and one of the artists included, Pamela Harvey, stated her design philosphy as "too much is not enough".  I can identify with that.

I'll post an update on the bead painting and a finished photo......soon.

Have a great week!

 

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