New Forest, Canvas work – RSN

Canvas work is nostalgic for me.  As a child I sat for hours recreating tapestries of old masterpieces; Monet’s ‘Poppies, Near Argenteuil’ , Renoir’s ‘First Outing’, Lowrey’s ‘Market Scene, Northern Town’, and Fragonard’s ‘The Swing’ among others.  However, they were nearly all completed with tent stitch or a very limited number of stitches.

My canvas work is very different.  I have used a wide range of stitches to recreate the texture and density of the woodland, whilst a variety of threads; such as linen, wool, stranded cotton and horse hair (a nod to the New Forest Ponies) all add to the depth and feel of the image.  I have been inspired by my love of the New Forest in Hampshire.  The forest is such a magical place that I wanted to capture the beauty, colour and wonderful light in the forest.  The added mother deer and fawn and the birds flying overhead not only add interest and perspective, but also remind me of the magic of the New Forest.  This piece was worked at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace.

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New Forest inspiration
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Completed work
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Building up the image with the large blocks first.
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Blending colour with added metallic threads for a glint of light.
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Favourite stitch that blend beautifully.
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The linen threads work well to provide a shimmering luminous feel to the light through the trees.
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