Italian Villa

5 Feb 2010
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My Italian Villa is hanging  on my wall to be completed... I am stuck with the ivy tumbling down the house.  The house was drawn on the fabric using inks, markers, some paint. The flowers , grass, sidewalk, door, trims were fused. I have done lots and lots of free motion embroidery. I love to thread paint. I am not happy with ivy.

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caren12 wrote
on 5 Feb 2010 3:36 PM
I like it. The only thing I see is the "ivy" needs a little color. Maybe there's another vine mixed with the ivy that has flowers. It just seems to need another color to contrast the green. It is beautiful and it looks like the Italy I imagine. Caren
Carol DK wrote
on 6 Feb 2010 2:39 PM

I think that the flowers and grass and sidewalk all show lots of light. Perhaps that is what the ivy needs to 'pop'. I wonder if beading would bring in the sparkle and light? 

It is quite nice, looks warm and welcoming. 

carol k.

lin-e-bee wrote
on 16 Feb 2010 1:35 PM

Hi Susan, I think your  Itailian villa is lovely  - to me the ivy feels detached from your Villa as if you are looking through the ivy to the villa beyond.- may be you need to do a bit more stiching on the main part of your villa where your main entrance is to bring the ivy forward giving it a bit more depth.

The flowers you have placed in front of  your lovley villa jump out at me like they are the main event - I feel they may need to be toned down so it also feels conected.  Hope my thoughts have been of some help.  Cheers Lynn :-))

queen1x wrote
on 22 Feb 2010 7:59 PM

No shadows on the ivy - which direction is the sun coming from?

gali wrote
on 23 Feb 2010 11:23 AM

Very beautiful, I love it !!!!

pmal wrote
on 23 Feb 2010 12:33 PM

This is a lovely piece Susan, but I do agree with the others that the colours in the ivy are too flat and well pointed out by queen1x that there are no shadows which help to define shapes (I always forget my shadows).  If you look at this without thinking of the subject matter but as just blocks of colour you can see what the others are saying re the bottom flowers being too bright and the ivy too dull.  There are two different quilts here, top and bottom.  The top is greyed shades, muted and perfectly illustrating the old Italian villa, down the bottom is a bit more bright happy English country garden.  All you need to do is choose which look you want the most and alter top or bottom to match.  If it were mine I would remove the english country garden as I think you have captured the essence of the Italian villa so well.  I have never been to Italy but perhaps all you need at the bottom is a rough brown ground and a pot of geranium wit a red that ties in well with your browny maroon door at the left.  Google Italian villas to get some ideas perhaps.  Having said that i love it, your ivy is well done and the whole villa feels natural and earthy.

Pam in Canberra, Australia

on 23 Feb 2010 2:48 PM

Thank YOU Everyone for your ideas and words of wisdom. When spring gets here I will resume my work on the Villa. With your worthy  suggestions and  help I feel confident it has potential.



on 25 Feb 2010 8:31 AM

I would try embroidering the ivy with two shades of green.  One for the ivy and the darker for the shadow.

rosenana wrote
on 27 Jul 2011 11:10 AM

I think that once you add the border, you will love it. 

rosenana wrote
on 27 Jul 2011 11:10 AM

I think that once you add the border, you will love it.