Right from the start Donna jumped in with both feet and came up with the idea to make a book based on the challenges. Thank you Donna for inspiring us!
FROM DONNA: I have been doing embroidery since I was a child. I did some flowers during the 70’s on jeans for friends. I returned to embroidery in the last 10 years embellishing my art quilts. I belong to an embroidery group and now I am teaching classes out of my home. I took an online class with Susan Sorrell (Creative Chick) and this expanded my skills using mixed media as an embroidery surface. Embroidery of all kinds soothes my soul, it is the best therapy!
I joined the challenge group after seeing my friend, Marci Glenn, post it on her blog. We met on Yahoo group.
After much thought I decided to do a fabric book and started page one with the floral French knots. I am using a bright colour palette. I thought of as many flowers as I could that would incorporate French knots. I used Judith Montano’s Free form embroidery book as a reference. I wanted a sketchbook look to my page and used this cool ledger fabric as a background.
Most of the embroidery uses variegated threads. I am already to start July’s challenge, having fused fabric scraps as houses on my dyed green and blue fabric.
See more of my art work on my blog:
Donna Funnell – Fibre and Mixed Media Artist
About the houses: The houses were inspired by the artwork of Laura Wasilkowski. I have used the little houses as wall hangings, Christmas ornaments and gifts.