Green Umbel With Darker Shade

Another update showing the darker looking umbel head with some almost blue-black flowers dotted amongst two shades of lilac ones. I was going to use some reddish purple ones which I thought would go with the purpleish stitching but they turned out to look too reddish and not the right tone at all! I added in a few see-through green flowers too to add a bit more shading. I have finished putting all the white flowery sequins on the other umbel heads but the large one looks too straight across which makes it look a bit odd – even though I know some umbels do look like that. I am not sure whether to leave it or to try to make it look more rounded on top or horror of horrors to unpick some of the sequins I have already put on. I don’t want to do this because I didn’t secure them all individually so wherever I cut the thread it’s going to be tricky to pick up where I left off but if the piece demands it then ho hum. The next step after that is to add in some leaves which I was thinking of making from painted/space dyed silk. I might add a bit of netting on top too. Will see how it turns out. I can’t wait to have this piece stretched. Every time I look at it I see how badly it needs doing and it’s driving me mad!

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Nicky Perryman

Hey, I'm a textile artist based in the UK. I like playing around with fabric paint, stitching both hand and machine embroidery and I have far too many sequins. I'm inspired by nature, its mysteries, subtleties, delights and complexities. The outer natural world has its counterpart in the inner spiritual world and I am also inspired by folklore, poetry, fairytales, stories of long ago when the spirits of nature seemed less shy than they do today, as well as my own shamanic journeys into the dreamland.

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