Sunday, May 17, 2009

Almost Done

I'm almost done with both the Fall Madonna and Spring semester. I've got a bit more beading on the Madonna, and I've got a pile of papers to grade before Wednesday. After Wednesday my Summer begins: Alex's high school graduation, a few short trips, some camping, some work, re-civilizing my garden, some sewing and knitting. I can't wait.

I'm really loving this piece. The blend of raw edge
broidery perse and silk ribbon embroidery has worked very well, though pulling the needle through the extra fabric and the heat and bond isn't for the weak-fingered. The sunflower swag mimics the moon the Virgin of Guadalupe stands on in the traditional image. I've filled in some the empty spots with spider web roses and beads.

I've had these leaf beads for awhile, and I'm going to add more of them to the background.

Another close up.

Here's where I've been working. Both Bunny the cat and I like the light by the window.

Next week I'll move to the back porch with the lovely Louie. He always looks so pretty in the sun.


Magpie Sue said...

I like this more and more every time I see it. I'm not Catholic, nor do I have a thing for the madonna in general, but I can easily picture myself living happily with this piece :- )

Debra said...

I'm not catholic either and I definitely have a thing for the Madonna. So cool!

JoWynn Johns said...

Exceptionally lovely, Barbara.

Judy S. said...

Your Madonna is stunning, Barbara! I see you have two furry helpers.....didn't know you like cats. Me, too.

Quiltnbee said...

I'm not Catholic but I've always been intrigued by Madonnas. This one is beaut.i.ful! The details are fantastic.

Plays with Needles said...

Love Our Lady and the light and the kitties and the glass leaves as her halo is splendid!@!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Barbara, the combination of elements here is just transcendent.
I love seeing the piece on your worktable (with the cat)'s bigger than I thought.

Very, very inspiring.

Rian said...

Lovely Madonna! I like it! And I envy you your bright sunshine.

dee said...

Everything about this Madonna is beautiful. Thanks for letting us get another glimpse. Love those leaf beads around her head.