Trying to show lots of close up details here. The tree actually shines but camera refused to capture that.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Blooming Tuesday Grows an African Tree
I made this piece on Sunday last trying to get myself out of grand kid-withdrawal. Something that happens to me when I haven't seen them in a while, then do have wonderful time with them, and then go home without knowing when my next visit will be. I go into a funk. Nice to know I can get lost in creativity in spite of the mood I put myself into. Silly me! African tree The tree top is a machine felted piece using scraps from dyed dryer sheet, my nest of threads, dryer lint (yes, I’ve heard others using it and had to try it, as disgusting as it sounded to me); the beads and gold and wooden leaves on tree and around the piece are from one of my recent garage sale necklace finds; the zebra and cotton African print backing (not shown) is from a yard of material from another garage sale; the piece is on orange and brown felt, hand embroidered and beaded, top sewn free motion quilted and trimmed in upholstery trim from the fabric store. I enjoyed the amount of hand work that went into this piece. I have discovered the relaxing joy of beading and embroidering pieces since making Living Green, the large woven piece made last.