When I woke up this morning, the air was full of swirling snowflakes! A perfect day to work on the felted cover I want to make for my Winter/Rain Journal. Verrrrry cold outside, the ground and trees covered with snow, but oh, so cozy in my studio with a space heater going and my essential oil diffuser creating the scent of pine....and John and Yoko singing their songs of love and devotion on the CD player.
I started out with a rectangle of soft quilt backing (the stuff that feels like soft wooly fabric and comes in large sheets) and used my needle felting embellisher machine to felt some different colors of wool on to the top of it in what looks loosely like a landscape with big clouds overhead.
I slowly felted in additional colors on the front and back to further define the shapes:
Then I chose some wonderful variegated colors of French silk emroidery thread and began to add some details to the shapes:
You can see above some of the beginning embroidery stitches--the lustrous sheen of the silk threads stands out nicely against the soft matte colors of the neutrally toned natural wools. I passed several pleasurable hours sitting by a window, making my stitches, and watching the falling snow.
The light in the bushes is, of course, my flash bouncing off the windows--but in this scene of snowy winter cold, could we not say that it is the Light which shines in the darkness and can never be put out?