It's been a long time since I've sat down with my trusty pencil ( and rubber) in hand.
It's funny but I still feel guilty using a rubber, because in the Sixth Form if my art teacher caught you using one she would throw it out of the window!
But I think the rubbed out 'ghost' lines add to the drawing and creates extra layers.
I think this is the first time I've photographed a drawing as it evolved, you can see how many times I change my mind!
I think drawings have to be 'honest', they are more direct than a painting I think.
I feel sorry for my art students as I have this thing about 'honest drawings'!
But drawings are fascinating, I love looking at artists' sketches, perhaps more than looking at the final piece itself.
Anyways....I'll shut up now!
The sketch is so useful to stitch from because the light, medium and dark tones have already been worked out.
Some of the pencil marks also help you decide which stitch direction to use to describe the planes of the hare's body.
And here's the final result!
What I love about machine embroidery is that however many times I will stitch this fellow he will always look a little different and have a different character.
I really enjoyed stitching on this piece of beautiful old quilt that I bought from Hope and Elvis.
I think I'm thinking of Spring time methinks!