I've now come out from under the semester's work. Finals are over, grades are submitted, and I'm officially on vacation. Between the madness, I've been working on Allie's Madonna, which became a serene meditation to counterbalance the busyness of work.
In the final composition I added that pink and white inner border, which to me adds breathing space to this piece. I then machine quilted the whole piece with metallic silver thread.
The floral part of the composition got some hand embroidered foliage: the dark green is rayon ribbon and the light green is silk thread. The ribbons are top stitched with machine embroidery using rayon thread.
I took a close up of this part of the outer border because it's a little joke I've inserted into the piece. The green fabric has that line of stitching because it was cut from a pocket of a night shirt. I love this fabric and it's appeared in other projects, but I wanted to hint at its prior life.
The Virgin's crown was beaded with all kinds of sparkly things: beads, sequins and pearls.
The halos on the Mother and Child are embellished with tiny mother of pearl buttons, which reflect light like you wouldn't believe, although it's hard to capture on camera.
This is the first layer of embellishment. It only seems fitting to finish this by Christmas, and the final layer is nearly done. More pictures by Saturday.