Sunday, May 03, 2009

More Fall Madonna


The Fall Madonna is going on a re-purposed napkin background. I have a set of 4 of these pretty ivy print napkins from the 60s or 70s. Debra has added machine embroidered ivy sprays and I've let down the hems and then trimmed the napkin to 16 x16.


Right as I started beading I found two of these heavy glass luncheon plates at the thrift store for a dollar each. They're perfect for beading trays.


So here she is: appliqued to the background, and then attached to a thin piece of flannel for the batting. I've fused some sunflowers that I'm going to hand embroider between with silk ribbon. If you enlarge the photo you may be able to see where I trimmed the Madonna's cape with beads.

These cute leaf beads are perfect accents for the machine embroidered leaves. I'm making progress.

10 comments:

Vicki W said...

That's going to be lovely!

Kay said...

That's a wonderful blend of techniques! I like that beading tray too.

Libby said...

That napkin makes such a great background. I love all the textures.

Debra said...

I like how you graduated the sizes of the sunflowers at her feet. Maybe a fall heavy trim around the outside edge would be a nice frame.

Very handsome!

dee said...

I really enjoy watching the progress on these Madonna pieces. This is another beauty. Wonderful work Barbara.

Finn said...

Hi Barb, as always, it's looking spectacular. Love the autumn idea and adding the ivy was perfect. Keep up the great work.(Love the bead tray idea) Hugs, Finn

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

So beautiful...
xoxo Nita

Judy S. said...

She's absolutely wonderful, Barbara. I am always impressed at how creatively you recycle!

Magpie Sue said...

Wow. She's looking more late-summer than full-on autumn to me now, but that's just me. This is going to be another fabulous work of art when it's done. Like others have said, I really enjoy the way you combine a variety of techniques and materials.

Allison Ann Aller said...

These Madonnas of yours get more and more beautiful, Barbara. Truly.