Queen of the May

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Another view of my project.

The Penstemon azureus whose hues inspired me.

This month is The May Queen in a Western Hawthorn Leaf! I've had this little Goddess spiral pendant for a very long time but since I don't really wear much gold-colored jewelery I never got around to incorporating Her into a necklace. But I love the design and the gold color is perfect to evoke the afternoon light through a verdant mixed evergreen forest in May. And May was especially verdant this year with above average rainfall! So I adorned my little May Queen with a bunch of green beads, with some Penstemon purple and blue colors as well. I also scattered some beads in those colors outside the leaf. Penstemons come in a range of colors but here I was inspired by Penstemon azureus. But the upper left represents a Clarkia unguiculata flower - the common name is Farewell to Spring! The model for my Western Hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii) leaf was the little hawthorn I bought this year at the native plant sale. It's the plant that you can see a bit of in the background! Anyway I had fun with this, but it was challenging to figure how to make the leaf margin look serrated. It was pretty simple to stitch, though, once I figured out how to do it - I think you can see from the picture what I did. The other problem when I first started was unexpected - I had trouble attaching the pendant because it's fairly heavy! But eventually persistence paid off and once I ran the thread through a few times it stayed put. And I love using these batik fabrics! The colors are so much fun to look at and work with. I'm also really liking using the interleaving paper to back these!


robin michelle said...

Very pretty! I like the little Goddess pendant and it really looks nice in the center. The leaf edges came out well I think. The batiks are nice. Did you get more? I think I might have some you can look at. They probably aren't green though!

Anonymous said...

Your piece is lovely! I recognize the spiral on your pendant as a Celtic spiral (or swirl). It has much ancient meaning, perfect for a goddess pendant. Perhaps you can find pics and something about it on the web.

Robin said...

How lovely, Jill!!!! Just the right amount of beads and exactly the right colors. I especially love how you twined the beads around the goddess's arms. I think she's way more special here than she would be on a necklace!

Robin A.

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