A Bit of Embroidery

A while ago I experimented with transparent wash-away stabilizer for embroidering on darker fabrics. These are the two designs, both inspired by Haeckel, that I embroidered on denim that I salvaged from a pair of my husband’s ripped-up jeans.

Haeckel on denim 1 at amyhoodarts.com

Haeckel on denim 2 at amyhoodarts.com

Once I decided that worked out okay, it meant I could embroider on the fantastic dark brown Japanese cotton I’ve had in my stash. I love this fabric.

salsify-inspired embroidery at amyhoodarts.com

This design is inspired by a plant I saw and photographed in Montana. It’s new to me, and Twitter helped me identify it as most likely Western Salsify. It’s gone to seed here, like a dandelion does.

western salsify at amyhoodarts.com

It was all over the place when I was hiking, and I was just entranced by the delicacy of it. I thought it would be interesting to post the photo as well as the finished embroidery–you can see how I simplified, choosing to try to get the feel of it rather than get bogged down in trying to capture every detail. I also used slightly different colors.

I can get lost in detail sometimes, and I need to remind myself that what I’m trying to do, with stamps and embroidery, is distill what I like into a workable design, not try to reproduce something exactly. And that, too, is where the fun comes in–a finished design can go in so many directions depending on what decisions are made. I could come up with something completely different, still based on this flower photograph. It makes it all so much more fun.

I’m linking up with Dawn this week forĀ make + listen, even though I only made the flower-inspired embroidery this week. As for listening, I keep landing on Indigenous while in the car. Good stuff. How about you? Do you have any new music suggestions? I’d love to hear them.

6 thoughts on “A Bit of Embroidery

  1. Dawn Suzette

    I really like the colors you used on the denim! And those designs are very cool.
    I remember when you posted that seed head. Happy to know what it is as we see it here as well. Lovin’ the design inspired by it and it is great to see the photo of the inspiration with the finished design.
    Thanks for joining in this week!

  2. jen

    Love these! I like the simplicity of your design…at first glance I thought it was a snowflake. But what a lovely plant that is. I think you’ve captured its lines and grace beautifully. (Also, snowflakes on dark fabric!) (I love snowflake designs, if you can’t tell.)

    I hadn’t heard of Indigenous before and am listening right now. They have a great sound.

    1. amy Post author

      My 9yo said it looked like a snowflake, too. I should do some snowflakes. I think *next* year I may be more on the ball for holidays at Etsy. Learning curve and all that.

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