Here are my first samples for my challenge piece. I have been very lazy, or simply procrastinating as these have been on my desk for a week or two. These are samples of the sky I am going to put in my piece, they are based on this photo.
My second sample is appliqued and thread painted.
Then I simply threadpainted in circles all over the clouds, going over the edges a little bit to make it a bit puffy. I can see in this picture, that I need to do a little more thread painting to merge the edges of the organza, but this is not as obvious in real life.
Anyway, here are my first samples. The reason I used this photo was that I liked all the little bits on the edge of the clouds. These are totally impossible to do at this scale with an embellishing machine, but the felted clouds are more natural. What do you all think? There will be a lot of other thread painting, so the felting would add more texture, but I do like the thread painted one.