I had so many ideas running through my head for this challenge -there are so many beginnings to think about. I thought about alpha and omega, biblical beginnings, all kinds of cyclical ideas.
On many of our hikes we see Nurse trees - I had given a lot of thought to the idea of creating an image based on this. (Nurse trees are when a tree dies or falls and starts to decay, and a new tree starts growing out of it - a really fine example of a beginning and an end.) But, I just couldn't come up with an image that really spoke to me, and it would have ended up being a very "green" piece again, and I wanted a change.
I then thought about the seasons of a tree - the fresh greens of spring, the bright greens of summer, the mixture of colours in the fall, and then the bare bones of the branches in the winter, recuperating and getting ready to start the process all over again. These and a few other cyclical ideas kept running around and around.
It was while looking for possible leaf fabrics that I pulled out the fabric that I had printed last spring in Halifax - I knew I had done some leaf printing and I was thinking I might use it.
But that's when I came across this and my idea changed completely
- while the theme was beginnings and endings, a circle is all beginnings and endings - every point you pick can be the beginning or the end of your way around the circle. I had my idea, and of course, it had to involve a lot of dense stitching! Unfortunately, I ran out of time before the official reveal, so my reveal was still a beginning, but now the ending can be shown.
Hand painted and printed fabric, Wonderfil thread on top (4 different colours), Decobob in the bobbin