Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sometimes Together Finished!

After 3 months, I finished my blackwork and stones which I call Sometimes Together.

I have to say, I am quite happy that I selected the almost canvas-type material because, with all the stones and beads, it's quite heavy.

I can (and have) stared at it for hours. It's amazing, if I do say so myself!

I guess I am so pleasantly surprised that it turned out so well because I planned out the design myself. I selected the threads, beads, stones, colors and stitches without a pattern. I normally always work with patterns so this was a brand new experience....

I believe that a few of the photos are good enough that you can really see the details by clicking to enlarge.

Each square is about 2 inches and the patterns in between the squares are all over one with one thread of YLI silk floss and petite glass beads.

This piece has so much texture! It's hard to keep my hands off of it, just to touch, once again, every single bead and stone. The side view is amazing.

So, what is next? Well, I start my January Hardanger Card Club design tonight! I've wanted to make a serious attempt at Hardanger for years. And now...I am! I don't think that the designs will take a month to complete so I'll work some on my Long Dog Sampler. I am still enjoying the feeling of my Sometimes Together finish.


Kathy A. said...

Wanda - that is stunning absolutely gorgeous. I clicked on every photo so I could see it up close. What a great designing job you did as well. I love looking at it. Are you having it framed?

Linda of the Lake said...

What a beautiful piece of work! I'm so happy for you. It is truly you.

Karen said...


quiltmom said...

What a totally stunning piece Wanda- I was sure it would be and it is..
How big is the finished sized and will you frame it?
I hope it inspires you to create more of your own designs- you certainly have the knack.

My mother has a beautiful hardanger tablecloth that she found at an estate sale for not much money. It is hard when someone creates something beautiful and they almost give it away. At least, it went to a treasured home where it is well cared for.

Time for bed for me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Warmest regards,

Xeyedmary said...

Wanda- it's gorgeous!Congratulations!

Exuberant Color said...

I'm sure it so even more beautiful in person. It is hard to capture the dimension in photos.

em's scrapbag said...

Yes you may say it is amazing because it truly is. I have always wanted to try hardanger but just have never found the time.

Anonymous said...

Wanda it is beautiful and amazing - a true work of art - congratulations on your design and finishing a spectacular project x

Emmy said...

it is very beautiful Wanda
you must be proud

Susan said...

Steve and I have been meaning to post a comment for several days....especially since Steve saw the incredible photos first! As you know, we've been swimming in activity and haven't had a chance to write until now!

The piece is spectacular. I am so proud of you for designing the piece, using the things that are near and dear to you, not leaving those long tail threads, and indulging your creativity. It is great.....and your photos are absolutely amazing.

Also, thanks for the plug about Blues Chapel and Last Words. It means the world to me that others share the art, the emotion, and the exhibition. Thanks for passing the word on to others.

I'm looking forward to seeing your hardanger embroidery. This was one of the areas I first explored in of those area where I knew I didn't belong. I'm suspecting, however, that you will be an ACE at this. It is right up your alley....but don't give up on your own creativity! Remember that all these traditional stitches were once new and original too! There is no reason why you shouldn't continue "doing your own thing"....because you and only you can do it!


Congrats on finishing! Looks amazing! Want to touch it!!!

lindacreates said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Your work is perfect. Two such talented sisters. What a proud Mom you must have.