Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Flowers Fronds and Frida

I've finally started on my Frida Kahlo embroidery piece. Got the main bit transferred and I'll just be filling in the background with birds and flowers and vines and such (no monkeys, I hate monkeys).

It's a bit nerve-wracking since I don't have a clear idea of how I'll be filling in the skirt and shawl. It's embroidery though, it's allowed to be loose and free and lovely. It is fairly large as well, larger than I had at first envisioned, but it probably needs to be about this size in order for the face not to look muddled.

Had a nice interlude with my mom today. We ate the soup I made when I was sick (and didn't eat then because my sense of taste was still wonky) and watched an episode of Bones (her fave rave show). Now that my appetite is mostly back I want something completely unhealthy to eat but easy to make.


  1. Did you see the stuff about Colcha? , . You could do something similar in cotton. It looks a bit like the Bayeux Tapestry but might be very nice for representing fabric.

    I greatly admired your Roman skull (you are insane, of course). There are a lot of REALLY nice mosaics...

    Success to your needle!

  2. I don't know anything about Colcha, I'm afraid. Link me?

    Thanks so much! I definitely FELT insane deciding to do that mosaic, but it went so much more quickly than I'd expected, even the grueling, monotonous background.

    Frida is similar. I have such a grand picture in my head and it's so hard to realize it. One of my best friends is a huge Frida fanatic, and I feel a kinship to Kahlo in that she also lived in chronic pain that doctors couldn't really help.

    It's nice to get back to sloppy free embroidery though! Nice to just wing it without loads of charts.

    Sometimes it's just overwhelming, you know? All those projects you want to do but only two hands to do it with.