Olive Wall Hanging,
or fun with spirals

I was extremely encouraged by how many page views the first wall hanging in this series received; and a little dubious about my pix for this one. Well, my fears were justified—it didn't get anything like the attention of the other. So, back to the drawing board, or rather the basement, to take some more pix. My favorite image in the first wall hanging was the angled shot of the seed bead work, which just wasn't as easy to do with this one, perhaps because the poufy silk just to the left of the beadwork patch; however, I thought the closeup of one the dotties used in the beadstrand was even better—so this time, that's my fave shot.

I note, having the piece freely hanging is problematic. This one has a slightly shorter hanger, so its dangles didn't touch the bottom of the photography cube, which was why the pix weren't as good: the thing kept swaying. I took a minute to lower the cord from which I hung the piece, and once the dangles touched the floor of the light cube, the piece stopped moving, and I could get better pix.

wall hanging. silk, cotton, other fabric; thread— cotton, nylon, other; beads: lampwork, czech pressed, seed, semi-precious, including rainforest, leopardskin jasper, unakite, peridot, and that inexpensive tan stuff that I think is called woodland something or other; stringing cable and steel mandrel.

Techniques include freestyle machine and hand embroidery; also bead embroidery, drawing, and of course, lampwork—artist-made beads range from roughly 8–20mm hole to hole and are embroidered both on the piece and strung as well. The abstract frit and powder heart is stitched with buttonhole, a couture technique (at least, according to various authors in Threads mags I have).


photos 20jan09, 27apr09, file 27apr09. Additional photos are in the etsy listing.