I wanted to try stitching some mountains into a felted background. I did a search online for embroidered mountains but they were either very stylized or very detailed large pieces. Neither is what I wanted. I always want to do or use something that is not available. I decided I would find my own way. Part of it was I am working small so you can’t really do to much detail. I picked one of the basic sky and grass picture blanks I made to give it a go.
I forgot to take a picture before starting. I thought I had pictures of the blank but I can’t find it. I found a group shot of the others so this must have been one I did another time. this gives you an idea of what I did.
The one I am using is about 4 inches long and 3 inches high.
I had a nice dark grey in my embroidery box so I gave it a try. I used 3 strands. I used up what was on the little card and then grab the little skein I thought it was the same colour. It wasn’t, it’s good but this one is more greenish and the first more blueish and darker.
I’m sorry about the change in exposure but it was just the change in the light in the time it took me to stitch the second mountain. I like the way the stitches going in different directions give it a rugged mountain look.
I tried 2 more colours. I think I like the two middle colours best.
I decided to add some of the lightest colour to the first two mountains to see if it worked as highlights.
I think I like it better without light stitches. It looks better on the second mountain where there was less contrast. I think there is enough variation with the stitches and the way the light hits them.
Then I thought the mountains are pretty straight across the bottom so I wanted to hide the bases. Trees were next to try. I thought just some inverted V type stitches would look like trees.
That sort of worked. They look better in person than in the pictures. I used 2 threads instead of the 3 I used for the mountains. I thought they should have less weight. It is hard to make small stitches in felt. The stitches seem to get smaller as you pull through. I think it’s because the felt is thicker and more flexible than the regular cloth they use in embroidery. I think if I add more stuff to the foreground the trees might be better. I may add some lighter and darker stitches.
So that’s my WIP at the moment. I have been cleaning my studio too and found the chairs I put in there so I could sit comfortably. They had become tables and storage units somehow. I hope you are all doing well in your isolation and using it as an excuse to felt or stitch or spin or whatever takes your fancy.
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Your mountains and trees are looking good. I find that the background always looks better once the foreground is done. Too many details in the background keep it from looking “in the distance”. So just keep going!
Thanks, Ruth, I will finish the row. next is some mid-ground. I don’t know what I want to try there. I usually stick the sheep there, but I already know how to make them.maybe a pond with some trees.
I like the way you’ve placed the stitches to give the impression of the way mountains have many facets and putting trees along the base works well.
It’s good to have a WIP right now. That’s the trouble with chairs – unused they do become ‘tables’!
Thanks, Lyn. I was happy when it worked the way I hoped. Yes, chairs turn into a table so easily. They are conveniently located for dropping bags of things. 😉
I agree that the stitches are smaller on the wool. I like the light in th ed mountains, but the trees gets in the photo
Keep helping g us and stay healthy. Lillian
Thanks, Lillian. I am glad you are enjoying my work in progress. Stay safe, hopefully, this will not last too long.