First off I finally got to send my friend Dana her birthday basket. I really felt that since she sends me my Long Leaf Pine needles from GA, and believe me it is time consuming, that I wanted to do something striking for her. Also, it just happened to be her birthday.
She really wanted a piece of wall art for her office...and I did indeed try. However, my real talent is in art that is functional. So here is the start of the project....ugly as hell I must say. As you can see I was trying to add in multiple pieces of wood, the intention was to actually to add another small one to the other end also. However all I could think about was the fact that it looked like a hot air balloon, or even a nesting doll. Hated it. So even though it was so large that each row was taking me almost 2 hrs. I ripped it off and went back just to the center piece. Then I had an epiphany, what I do is ART, so if she wanted to put it on a wall that was fine with me, and it became a basket.
Actually the largest I have done to date. I also tried a new stitch. I found it in a book that I purchased long ago, it is the slant stitch done in such a way that it does not slant. Thank you Pamela Zimmerman for your clear instructions.
Here is the final result. Her favorite colors are purple and teal and I just wish that this photo did the basket justice. It was beautiful even if I do say so myself.
Can you believe I even had purple stone beads to put on it?
I am hoping that she sends me a pic of how she displays it. She thought that she might just display it on a plate hanger. Can't wait to see it. Wish I could have seen her face when she opened it.
Love you Dana, Thanks so much for all of your support and help! Enjoy it.
Now for the other new pieces..
A close up of the center.
This brown and yellow one is my pride and joy at the moment. I never realized that pine needles had so much yellow, gold and orange in them. I guess it could also be that I just so love the more natural colors of fall. Basically it just glows. I even like the dark wood for this one.
And now for a teeny tiny one...I found teeny wood beads for it also.
And now for a medium size one...
Business is good for now. I can hardly make them fast enough. Awesome!!! I am realistic enough to know that after Christmas things will slow down, but for the moment I am living my dream of being an artist that EARNS MONEY!!!
This week I will be spending one full day gathering, I have a friend who is going to go with me. Then I need another day of just sanding. Then back to the stitching again.