Gravity's Rainbow. This one will be called Tree of Life, and my next step will be to fashion something tree-like in the center.
Originally I thought I might embroider the tree, especially after seeing the awesome embroidery Jude has been doing lately. Towards that end I spent most of last weekend trying out my embroidery chops -- satin stitch specifically -- on a nine-patch sampler I made for that purpose.
Jude uses a stitch she calls Stacked Running Stitch, and I did try some of that in the piece below. Satin stitch works better for me, though. Although it does use more thread, satin stitch goes much more quickly, and you don't have to keep moving your stitching hand back and forth between the front and the back of the fabric. Anything to do less unnecessary hand movement in my book.
The last photo is of my favorite piece of my own art, from the 1970s. A framed color wheel of satin stitch flowers, inspired by my 7th Grade art teacher who taught us about color wheels.
Hint: the new handstitched piece is another rainbow of sorts.
Hope you're having a great week.