I've been working on the next GOE challenge piece, which required us to use the inspiration of a rusty sewer grate that is on a golf course in Mexico. My friend Ann was busy taking photos of the grate while golfing...is this why she never made the Women's PGA tour???
I started by manipulating the photo in Photoshop Elements so that I could create a unique collage of the many rusty lines in the grate.
Hand stitch was used to create bolder grass lines in some areas and then I used French knots and some simple straight stitches to further encrust the rusty grate lines. I intentionally let the rusty areas rise up from the surface to create the 'bubbling' texture that rust creates on metal.
It has been framed in a 12" x 12" frame.