"I read once that a bee will start the day with a particular blossom, like clover, and will only gather nectar from other clovers that day, or perhaps forever for that hive. So bees would have to have a kind of inner map to take them from one blossom to another. I've watched bees buzz along in a lovely circular path. The vintage kimono fabric had some blossoms, and thus I chose it for this collaboration."
I had added two rectangular areas to the embroidery, which Rosemary naturally saw as beehives, even though I hadn't planned them to be that.
Last week she added a new layer of stitching and declared the piece finished.
She said, "Essentially, I added numerous bees. You had stitched a few of the small shapes with a single white thread. I thought they might represent the fluttering wings of a bee, especially if I added a body.
"The composition needed something light, as the whole thing was medium to dark values.
"I did not stitch all of what could be used as bee shapes, nor all the flowers, to give a sense of depth to the piece. The ones not stitched tend to fade out in the distance, giving some perspective to the scene."
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