This quarter's theme for the Endeavourers Challege was Collage and, I must admit that I really struggled to come up with something to fit the theme for most of the quarter :(
I finally finished "Floating Around", above, on the day of the deadline!
At a Textile Printing Summer School last year, I had put together these pieces of printed fabric but not progressed further with them so they lay in a cupboard for a year. The theme for the summer school had been leaves and grasses and, at the time, I felt that, although I really liked the colours and textures that I had achieved, the fabrics didn't really fit the theme that I was meant to be aiming for.
However, I could see possibilities in using this piece as a starting point for a bigger project on a water/underwater theme.
When I found all of these orphan blocks in the same cupboard I decided that this challenge piece would incorporate existing pieces to create an entirely new one.
The final piece to be incorporated was this small frog and lily pad cross stitch that my mum completed years ago and I inherited when my parents passed away.
With the pieces all set, I got to work on the fun part - embellishing!
First up, the incorporation of a length of this great yarn that I bought years ago in Estonia and never used.
Next up, I turned to my all-time favourite stitching book, Creative Stitches, and some of the lovely hand-dyed threads that I have hoarded over the years.
I like nothing better than leafing through Creative Stitches deciding which of the amazing selection of stitches to have a go at next :)
With the addition of some beads and sequins, inherited again from my mum, Floating Around was complete!
Despite leaving it to the very last minute, I really enjoyed putting this together and can't wait to see what my fellow Endeavourers have come up with to fit the theme. If you want to see too, head on over to The Endeavourers you will definitely be amazed!