Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Arbor Vitae

I will have a professional quality picture taken once I have mounted the cloth on a stretcher. But, here you are, dear faithful readers - a halfway decent shot taken after tacking the piece to the side of my house in between rain showers.
I used a running stitch to redo the water on the duck. I couldn't leave it out entirely because of the duck's position and because the previous, heavier stitching left a lot of holes. I am much happier with it now.
A giant banana slug cozied up along side. Perhaps he would like his portrait done as well?

17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, magnificent, breath-taking, thank you for sharing this with us!

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  2. onesmallstitch3:10 PM

    a masterpiece - really like the water around the duck, did you use a slightly lighter colour? I remember those slugs, yuck!

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  3. That is absolutely stunning! It has been great to see the progress and now to see the finished masterpiece...

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  4. Fantastic effort, it really looks wonderful! You should be more than happy with it - Proud, with a huge sense of achievement for creating such a wonderful piece of embroidery. Well done!

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  5. I agree with Jean, it is a masterpiece, beyond words. It is well proportioned and graceful, but strong and with character at the same time. I love the water under the duck, a clever solution.
    Bravissima!

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  6. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this work with us.

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  7. amazing, so very beautiful, I love it; and yes, a portrait of a slug, that would be interesting, I rather like them and have become quite intrigued by these creatures.

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  8. If you do the handsome banana slug's portrait will you add teeth? Or antlers? ;)

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  9. Magnificent finish, Heather!!! Now publicize it!!! Go to the papers, the magazines, the galleries, the biennales, truly!

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  10. Anonymous7:48 PM

    I am hypnotized! My eyes keep zigging and zagging along the path you have stitched through Canada's resplendent wilderness and history. You reached back centuries, to the start of European colonization, and produced this very, very timely work. As the tar sands development in Alberta extends its tentacles and threatens to invade pristine landscapes with pipelines and tankers traveling up and down the coast, your menagerie reminds us that the land is not ours to do with it as we please. We don't own the land. We just live here for a while, along with all these other animals. Wonderful Heather! Congratulations.

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  11. Anonymous7:50 PM

    I am hypnotized! My eyes keep zigging and zagging along the path you have stitched through Canada's resplendent wilderness and history. You reached back centuries, to the start of European colonization, and produced this very, very timely work. As the tar sands development in Alberta extends its tentacles and threatens to invade pristine landscapes with pipelines and tankers traveling up and down the coast, your menagerie reminds us that the land is not ours to do with it as we please. We don't own the land. We just live here for a while, along with all these other animals. Wonderful Heather! Congratulations.

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  12. Amazing work, fascinating subjects and beautifully done! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Awesome! I adore your work (but not the slug).

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  14. Oh My Goodness - this is incredible, beautiful and strong. You must be thrilled. How big is it?

    I'm excited to see that you are continuing the project with the birds.

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  15. It's about 50 inches wide and 60 high. Thanks everyone for your lovely supportive comments.

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