I've been working on another fibre art piece inspired by Autumn. The season is in full force here - this week we've been having wonderful light especially, and the smell of falling leaves is thick in the air.
'Autumn winds' is a piece worked straight on to heavy-duty vintage upholstery linen - first of all with my embellisher and then with hand beading and embroidery.
To start, I felted abaca tissue, metal organza, wool waste, cotton scrim, linen scraps and silk fibre onto the linen:
Then I added tiny 2mm sequins, lots of glass and metal beads, including some vintage beauties, and then finally lots of hand embroidery stitches:
seed, colonial knot, bullion knot and detached fly:
running stitch in the form of Japanese stylised wind:
and detached chain stitch (the tiny gold ones in the middle top):
to make the finished piece:
I have rather enjoyed working on the vintage linen with its stains and faults - it is very satisfyingly thick and I think the irregularities add to the texture and feel of the piece.