Yesterday, I posted Part I of Nita’s explorations of applique, embroidery, and other textile techniques in her aquatic sampler, which she finished into a gloriously vibrant banner. Today, I want to show you the rest of the photos and the finished piece!
I really think there are few scenes in nature that provide such color and variety for the artist or embroiderer as the coral reef does. Though I can rarely look at such scenes anymore without automatically wondering where the heck Nemo is, I can’t help being drawn to them! Perhaps it’s because I live in Kansas, and the only water we ever see is a half-empty muddy river, or an occasional flooded, murky field. I grew up, though, on both coasts (West and East, chronologically), with my high school years being spent in Florida. We were never very far from the ocean wherever we lived, and this is the only thing I ever really miss living in Kansas. *Sigh* Water sure is likeable stuff.
Anyway, on with the aquatic sampler!
This big fishy fellow is worked in a foiling technique using Misty Fuse. He has that scaly irridescent look, doesn’t he? What a perfect combination of techniques to achieve the fish look.
Here you’ve got some of Nita’s gazillion French knots highlighting the green coral. Note the variety of colors of green and blue-ish green…
Stepping back a little so that you can get the effect of the stitching, notice the ripples in the water and the different types of bumpy coral.
Turkey work was used to create this bunch, which looks as if it’s swaying in the water. The shading on this is perfect!
Here, felt beads are used to make clumps of coral. The felt has been sliced open to reveal the colorful insides.
Bullion knots add dimension to this piece of appliquéd coral.
And absolutely my favorite part of the sampler – the rippled water, created by a combination of cast on stitch (the ripples in the water) and beading (the edge of the water). Beautiful effect!
And finally, the masterpiece!
Thank you so much, Nita, for sharing all these gorgeous pictures with us and telling us about the techniques you used! It’s a stunning piece!