Last summer my DS gave me a commission to make a triptych for his and his fiance's apartment, in the style of some stitch samples that I showed at my first exhibition, last August, just before I started blogging.
He's been extremely patient an so of course has had to wait a very long time for me to get around to doing it. He wanted the pieces to reflect the sea, beach and sky as they live in Cardiff and are very close to the sea at Cardiff Bay. Their apartment is very modern and has plain cream coloured walls so he wanted to add some colour, but nothing too overpowering.
I started with pencil sketches to get a rough idea of what he would like and worked to a scale of 4"X4"
Once these were agreed by my DS I finally started work on the embroideries. It took me a while to get going as I'm not a natural hand stitcher and tend to pick it up and then put it down again, quite a lot! Also I decided to do the sea first and use chain stitch to give it more of a feeling of rhythm. I don't find this stitch an easy one to do on auto pilot so it took a while.
Anyway after a few weeks of the 'on and off' it was finished, and this then spurred me on to start the second one, which I chose to be the beach as I love doing French knots. This also took a while as I'd forgotten how time consuming they are, but I was pleased with the textural effect when I'd finished.
The last one, sky , was the quickest to do as it was running stitch, as I thought this would give a feeling of moving clouds.
All the BG's were hand dyed open weave linen.
The work was framed in dark wood box frames to match the furniture in their home.
It was a steep learning curve as I've never done an embroidered commission before, but as it was for a family member that made it very personal and enjoyable. I don't think I would want to work for someone on a commercial basis, as I know from experience that I don't like working to someone else's brief.
I hope they like the end result and that it was worth the wait.