The group of friends that I am meeting once a month for a bit of stitch and support (the same group that I made my "snow" piece for) have more than just a weather challenge on the go. We also have to produce something on the theme of self portrait.
When I was doing my degree I did quite a bit of work on portraits, including this very rough brush and ink drawing of yours truely.
"Green Stripe" A portrait of Matisse's wife
Then taking inspiration from the work of Matisse and his vibrant use of cool and warm colours, I translated the portrait into a little colour sketch.
"Woman in a Hat" 1905, Matisse
A very quick little sketch (done on a train journey)... that makes me look rather jaundiced!
However... not one to be put off easily, I took further inspiration from the fabulous work of Sue Dove...
"Facing It" Sue Dove
And ended up with this hand stitched "sketch", which I actually think is a great improvement on my original colour drawing.
So roll forward a few years...and given the challenge of working on the theme of self portrait I thought I would resurrect this brightly coloured version of me and see if I could produce a machine stitched version.
I started by laying down some coloured wool tops onto a felt backing, using the embellisher and this is the result at that stage. I have clearly not mastered the art of using the embellisher as a painting tool!
But never fear... I can add a bit of textural machine stitch... and completely mess it it up!
Although the reverse might still work for the project I've got in mind... as long as I don't mind "the bearded lady" look
I would say watch this space but there is a good chance I will bin this... and possibly not start again. Not my best effort... must try harder!