Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Eight Sunflowers. Finished

Here it is, finally finished. Hadn't thought of a name, but I think Sunflowers will do the job. I decided on a wall hanging rather than put it in a frame. I quite like the look of the loops with a bar through them. 
I was going to put a sun in the top right hand side, and a tree on the left with the branches reaching out across the centre but decided against that because it would cover too much of the background. I have some yellow cord found at the Scrapstore, matching perfectly the yellow fabric. Playing around with it, do I make a sort of tree, or something else. 
I think that looks ok. The background is still visible, with the flowers being a focal feature.

Finally stitched on. The flowers are Suffolk Puffs. The stalks are couched on.

I put a dark blue backing on it. A piece of fabric bigger than the picture and folded around the front to make a border, and machined down to enclose the raw edges of the picture. At that point I put some random  stitches through from the front to the back, hidden in the original embroidery, to hold the two pieces flat and stop them separating. Then I put a second back on it to cover up the extra stitching. 
I have used a wooden dowel wrapped in yellow wool, to hang it.

The second back was hand stitched on.






Here is a video with a bit more information. 

I am pleased with it. Now making a start on something else, my head is bursting with ideas. 
Small computer has gone to the hospital. I'm hoping Keith my computer man can wipe it clean and install Windows 10. Keeping my fingers crossed that he can sort it out. 
Heidi kittycat is making good progress, she has more energy, goes outside more now, it looks like her poorly tummy is better. 
Thanks for popping in. Bye for now. Toodle pip.  ilona

26 comments:

  1. Good morning Ilona, love the wall hanging. We have been having red sky sunsets like that lately here in southern Australia!

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  2. Beautiful as always!!.I love the fact that you have put the date on as well.Its always nice to know what year a lovely piece was made.I would always be more inclined to buy something with a name and date on.I have not had chance to watch your video yet..Im saving that till a bit later,because it gives me something to look forward to!!.Hubby actually came for a small walk today!.He isnt very good with walking far,but he managed at a very slow rate about 3/4 of a mile which is brilliant for him!.The fresh air did him good anyway!.He was so chuffed that he keeps talking about it and said he wants to do it again tomorrow.He just wants to see if his arthritis is playing up first,because he has it in his feet,legs and hips.xx

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  3. Ilona: Really lovely project - always look forward to your latest piece of art. Good luck with your Windows upgrade - it's made an unholy mess of my work computer (argh!!!). Thanks

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  4. Awesome stitching, I enjoy seeing all your works of art. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hi Ilona Mayze Heidi and Oscar love your latest artwork very intricate the sunflowers are so pretty. Good to hear Heidi has got better the little cat who looks like my Amy. Like you Ilona I love having a project to do have been making crochet items and give some away to a friend and my sister. Lots of love to you and your sweet cats. Liz Amy and dear Benny.

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  6. How nice, Ilona! Cheers from Florida

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  7. I love all the details! Beautiful.

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  8. It’s an interesting art quilt, you have added some nice touches. The dark blue faced binding frames it beautifully. I’m interested what sewing machine you use. I have a newer machine which has bells and whistles and can quilt a full size quilt, but it doesn’t compare with the perfect straight stitching my old Singer does, and it’s a handcrank so no electricity needed.

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  9. I finally got chance to watch your video this morning!.I loved seeing your work up close and the detail is amazing.It made me think that your work would fit in any room of the house.It is so versatile.In a kitchen,lounge,hallway or even a childs bedroom.It is always so attractive to look at and I think would attract visitors to walk up to it to admire and ask questions about.You really do have a lot of talent! xx

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  10. Love this hanging.. cheerful and bright.

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  11. Ilona, that is beautiful! You are so talented. I love that you used red for the sky - so unexpected and the evergreen trees are amazing. I thought it was a printed fabric but noticed on closer inspection that you cut each one out. A beautiful piece, indeed.

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  12. Your last piece of work is amazing I love the sun flowers, so much work as gone into it pleased you have put the date on it.
    Hope you get your computer sorted, I have been playing with mine this afternoon (2 years since I have been on the lap top and am having a game with the printer, I will get it sorted out thou, I won't let it beat me)
    Hazel c uk

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  13. Love your work, so vibrant and colourful.
    You are such a talented lady/artist. xx

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  14. Quite lovely. I like being shown the close up views.

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  15. It is lovely Ilona. So many textures and colours and lots of interest. A really fun piece! :)

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  16. You are very talented Ilona.I love your happy sunflowers and the forest- in fact it's all a delight x

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  17. Lovely I hope you enjoy the process of making them as much as people enjoy looking at the artwork

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  18. Love this, Ilona! It's a happy scene, joyful and playful.
    Mary

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  19. Ilona, this is truly amazing!!! Is this piece for you to enjoy, or for the craft sale? It's fascinating! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

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  20. I absolutely LOVE this! I have a thing for sunflowers anyway. I think this will sell right away and more will be requested. Beautiful job, Ilona.

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  21. This is gorgeous, Ilona. You're so talented and I love watching your progress as you create new pieces.

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