I've started a new project, a bead embroidery of the Greenman. The Greenman is a mythological figure in many cultures from ancient times to now. I like to think of my Greenman as Father Earth, a companion to Mother Earth.
I started my project by googling images of the greenman. Many of them are fierce, angry looking fellows. I wanted my Greenman to be friendly. I sketched a image.
|Greenman sketch 4" square|
I pieced log-cabin style a 10 " square using various green fabrics. I started beading and ripped it out twice before I was satisfied with the third incarnation. I enlarged my sketch and stitched it to my square. Then I removed all the paper and was left with my thread image. It looks a little busy right now, but most of the background fabric will be covered with beads.
|Greenman in progress|
Since I like to make decisions as I go along, I'm not sure how it will be finished. One idea is to attach it to a canvas, a la Lyric Kinard.
Another idea I have is to attach it to my green & brown "scarf" and make a wall hanging. It's 44" long by 11" wide. The green stripy section would be the top.
|Beads auditioning for Greenman project|
It would be fun to use a tree branch as the hanger. We'll have to wait and see what inspiration strikes.
Hope you're all doing creative fun things.