I have been so incredibly busy that I haven't been posting here my finishes for the Four Seasons Double Casket! This project is an over-the-top stumpwork piece that is in many ways for me fun to design and execute ahead of the rest of the people in the course.
Finally got the two doors done and am working like made on the top of the casket. That leaves the back and a surprise to go before this one is finished! The left door is the allegory Spring and the right door is the allegory Summer. The tree sits in the middle and shows is both flowering and holding fruit depending on the side of the tree. I will be putting it on the casket as soon as the top is done and it will really start to look great.
The basket of fruit is quite three-dimensional and I had to work a strawberry dotted petticoat for Summer, of course!
This course aims to do something different and stretch skills on each panel as well as use fun threads so it is a delightful set of surprises for each lesson vs same old/same old. And it will be the opus of every student who does it. I certainly hope that those who are (and will) work on it will also tweak the design by changing threads, colors, stitches, and some design elements along the way too to put it either into a comfort zone or personalize it more to their liking.