Thursday 26 October 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 159 - Tractor Tracks

Slowly the landscape is taking shape.  I have worn a groove in the floor walking back and forth between the sewing machine and the computer screen checking the photo of the crop of rapeseed.   Getting the position of the tractor tracks through the crop was crucial for the perspective.  In theory, all I have to do now is the equivalent of colouring in, except that it is not quite so simple. 

Today I have had a day off because there are a few problems to overcome. 

The degree of puckering is a little irksome, but that will rectify itself as I fill in the gaps. 

How I am going to stitch the rapeseed in the foreground remains to be seen. 

What bothers me most is that I have put too much yellow in the thin strip of rapeseed in the centre.  I shall either have to stitch over it in a lighter shade, and/or intensify the yellow slightly on either side of it. 

Sometimes I think life would be far easier if I just learnt how to paint in watercolours, but that would rather defeat the whole object of the exercise.  So I keep on sewing.

Here goes for Week 159.

The project that caught my eye in Week 158 was Jocelyn's Sew Spooky hanging.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.

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Linking up with Nina Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art.... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
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  1. I'm glad you didn't take up watercolors. This is gorgeous.

  2. It looks great! Your perspective is so good. Love those trees too. Why don’t you print out the photo so you don’t have to wear that carpet groove 😉

    and yes you could paint the scene and that would be ok but doing it in thread, now that is outstanding!

  3. Your piece is really coming along nicely! Matching the yellows in the photos is a real challenge, I'll bet.

  4. Hi Muv, I love the progress on your landscape. I'm sure you'll figure out the colours!



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