Today I got back to working more on the Lake MacDonald landscape. This is the piece I started almost 3 weeks ago which for me is a long period of time when it comes to designing work! I’ve spent a fair amount of time considering the stitching, if I should pillowcase and stitch as I normally do or if I should cover with tulle since I recently bought a full bolt. I decided against the tulle as the last thing this piece needs is another layer…of anything!
Finally I decided to do minimal stitching to hold all the tiny fused pieces on, then pillowcase and stitch in sections. When it is all stitched I will add the final layer of over-hanging branches.
What came to me today is how much I LOVE stitching landscapes. I love changing color of threads and going different directions to create movement as seen here where the tree-line meets the water. It enchants me to stitch each section much like putting together a puzzle. It has been a while since I have stitched a landscape as my focus has been predominantly abstract work the past few years.
What does not enchant me is the layers of fusing. Stitching the textural mountains is not going to be fun, so of course I will leave that to last! When this piece is finished surely I will design more abstract landscapes as it is both challenging and fun but I will be piecing more of the backgrounds than fusing so it will be that much easier to stitch. Stay tuned…