A finished landscape!
I introduce 'Cobwebs and Splinters'
I decided as I worked on this one that I would attempt to keep loose track of how many hours I put into it and you might be surprised to learn that it comes pretty close to a hundred hours. And they say I'm possessed!
I know we all feel pretty helpless to know what we can possibly do to show our support for the Ukraine. Prayers, of course - but there has to be more. Reading THIS post made me stop and think about the fact that we can help support a fellow artist in that country by purchasing their designs. Yes, perhaps it's a mere pittance but if enough of us supported people in this way it would make a difference. I am trying to decide which patterns I will purchase and make for our grandies. Remember - if this particular artist isn't your 'thing', look for others who live in the Ukraine and do your best to support them. (UPDATED TO ADD: I visited the designer and placed my order for several of her patterns. Go HERE if you want to see the possibilities!).
- If you need to convert different embroidery flosses to another brand, THESE charts will be invaluable.
- THIS is rather pretty and could be created in a multitude of different colourways.
- Have a scroll through THESE - who knew paper could be so pretty!
- It's hard to believe that THESE are made from paper.
Great idea to support artists
Paper quilling, great link
And yes, there's not much we can do as individuals to support the people in the Ukraine but if we can purchase patterns online from individual artists at least we're helping in a small way. I know they can't mail anything through the postal service right now, but downloads are certainly doable.
What a beautiful finish on this (100 hour!!) piece of work!!ReplyDelete
I love the afghan project on your link up.
We all would like to do something to help out Ukraine--thanks for the link hugs, Julierose
Thank you Julierose - this landscape was definitely lots of fun to create.Delete
As for support for the Ukraine - I just finished ordering several of this designers patterns and will be stitching them for adding to the Christmas box over the next few months.
Ta Da! I love the title you chose. I was just reading another post somewhere about supporting Ukraine by purchasing digital files too. I think that's great that it will go directly to the artist instead of through another organization. I've been following All Things Paper for a long time - it's amazing what you can do with paper isn't it!ReplyDelete
I know it's maybe a small thing to support one artist/designer but at least if it helps her buy food for her family it's a good thing. I know there are many more designers in the Ukraine, not just this one, and they all need our support.Delete
I like your practical idea on how to help Ukraine. They have a huge tradition of embroidery and illustration, too.ReplyDelete
It's not my original idea - but nevertheless I think it's a good one. If enough of us purchased digital downloads it would help at least some of the people there.Delete
Your latest landscape is wonderful. Love the corner detail.ReplyDelete
Thank you Mary Anne - it was fun to work on for sure.Delete
Your landscape is absolutely gorgeous!! We used to keep old newspapers in our outhouse...all you had to do was crumple it up a bit to make it softer! LOLReplyDelete
Old newspapers and the mail order catalogues - I guess we were lucky because I don't remember having to use either.Delete
Very fitting name for your landscape. Great job too! And yes, I believe the number of hours you've spent on this piece as I've racked up many an hour on my work too.ReplyDelete
I think the people of Ukraine are in most people's thoughts. My sister-in-laws grandparents were from there.
The name suited, I thought!Delete
And yes, we can't help but think of the people of the Ukraine and what they're going through
Your finished landscape is amazing! I particularly love the whimsy of the embroidered flowers and sweet birds in the lower left corner. Fabulous name! One never quite knew what one was going to find when one hesitantly entered the "Thunderbox" as we in Australia called the outside "dunny". As for Ukraine, yes, I agree we all feel rather helpless watching the horrible images on TV. I love the idea of finding a Ukraine artist and purchasing something they have created.ReplyDelete
Thank you Kim - I simply can't help myself and have to add embroidery somewhere on every landscape I do and flowers seem to be 'it'. Love the terms 'thunderbox' and 'dunny' - both terms I'd never heard here.Delete
I'm sure there are numerous designers in the Ukraine that we could help support right now. I ordered several patterns from the one I mentioned - can't wait to get started! Haven't done any cross stitch for quite awhile so I'm looking forward to it.
No doubt about it MA, you are brilliant at creating fabulous scenes. Love the pointer to the Outhouse.ReplyDelete
Love the purple border blending with the sky. I recall cut-up phone books when I was little... and 'Gusunders' in the house for night-time. I have a painted relic from several generations back but not in use now.LOL
There's another new-to-me-term (gusunders) - in our household those were called 'cookie crocks' (no idea why or if it was a term only used in our family). I still have one and it serves as a plant holder.Delete
Cobwebs and Splinters is fabulous! You have such a talent for these landscapes! xoReplyDelete
Awww - thank you Cathy. Methinks I'm just a tad obsessed.Delete
WOW!!! Cobwebs and Splinters is your best landscape yet!!! So reminiscent of my youth. A true Labor of Love. Keeping track of your hours is a great way to shock even yourself. Quilling and I never got along well. I could curl those little strips of paper but then they never stayed shaped to create anything decent. These artists are amazing. Is Spring peeking anywhere near you?ReplyDelete
Thank you Sherry - kind words indeed! Yes, I admit I was a little shocked when I totaled up the hours I spent. I know it's a lot but didn't realize it was that many.Delete
Quilling didn't work well for me either, but it is a beautiful art form.
And no - there's absolutely NO sign of spring here yet!
I am not at all surprised that it has a hundred hours in it. It's beautiful! So much great texture and little details.ReplyDelete
I know each one takes a lot of hours but this is the first time I've attempted to actually keep track.Delete
I was in here earlier in the week, but got sidetracked looking on Etsy for Ukrainian vendors. I forgot to come back and let you know your latest landscape quilt is stunning, Mary Anne. In the close-up I see what looks like embroidery floss laid down and stitched over. That wasn't obvious to me in the other pictures, even though I could see that bright orange color in the border. I love how it looks, and wonder if I'm seeing that correctly.ReplyDelete
Brava! Another beautiful creation.
I think what you're looking at is pearl cotton (a bit heavier than floss) and then whipped with either floss or more peal cotton to give it more thickness and colour depth.Delete
It's easy to get sidetracked when investigating links (don't I know it!!)
Absolutely beautiful finish Mary Anne and what a good idea to support individual artists in Ukraine. It is hard to know what else one can do to help. Hugs Christine xxReplyDelete
Thank you Christine. I like the thought of helping to support an individual in the Ukraine - yes, it's just one person (family) but if we all helped one or two people it would go a long way.Delete