Monday, 23 January 2017

Frozen Bubbles

Aren't these images fabulous?! They are like one of those photographs you see in the National Geographic magazines; perhaps a double page spread on the wonders of the deep... except this natural wonder was found at the weekend in a large stone bird bath in the garden. The bubbles from the little plants Dad popped in during the summer (Water Hyacinths and so on) had all frozen in their bid to escape to the top and left these amazing trails.

I almost want to try and stitch it but I daren't. It's like a french knot frenzy! You couldn't even begin to count how many little dots and spots would be needed to create a frozen bubble pond stitchscape (pondscape?).

I love how the sunlight is filtered through the bubbles and into the 'deeps' of the bath. You can image all sorts of creatures living in the deep recesses. Or...maybe these aren't bubbles! It could be a giant herd/gathering/swathe of jellyfish migrating somewhere warm, or a new species of algae bobbing around trying to find a rock to latch onto. Hehe, you could quite literally take the stories anywhere and let your imagination go wild.

I was thoroughly enjoying being out in the sunshine at the weekend, and thought I would take the opportunity to show you how I was getting along with my Moorland Stitchscape. I admit progress is slow on this one as I am so distracted by my crochet at the moment- they are much warmer projects to be working on! This week though I will be taking the stitchscape into work for some serious lunchtime stitching which should speed things up nicely.
How do you like the stitched moorland next to the crocheted one? The colours complement each other beautifully don't you think? I will reveal more images of the Moorland CAL blanket on the next WPLUP post which will be in the first weekend of February.

I am really playing with this stitchscape. Having already added padded rocks, I have been couching down some beautiful fancy yarn/ribbon things, and working some enormous french knots in tapestry yarn or some unravelled Sirdar Supersoft yarn I had in my basket.

This Kaffe Fassett fabric (which is a delight to work with, so many patterns and colours in the design!) has been covered with french knots, back stitches around the colour blocks and long stitches in the flower petals, layering it all up.

And I spent quite a long time working minute seed stitches into this patterned green fabric (below). It's not quite a spot fabric, but it lent itself so well to having each dot covered with a tiny stitch and has created a fantastic texture. Hopefully with the extra half hours at lunch time, I shall finish this one soon as I have some more ideas for future stitchscapes boiling and bubbling in my little head.

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